How a 4 am text from Green inspired Durant's mammoth performance Sunday

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The Rockets fell to the San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals past year. The Warriors will try to close out the series Tuesday in Game 5.

After playing Game 4 at home and departing on a 4-hour, 20-minute flight to the Bay Area on Sunday, the Pelicans opted to cancel practice Monday, instead getting a chance to rest their legs in advance of Tuesday's Game 5. I wasn't aggressive in Game 3 and I knew that. Golden State went 58-24 on the year, a record good enough for the 2 seed in the hotly contested Western Conference. At the end of the day, it's a game and making death threats and talking about life - I just pray that he gets the help that he needs because I personally, No. 1, don't worry about it and No. 2, don't care that much about [basketball]. The Pelicans are hitting 78.5 percent at the line as a team so far.

Good luck, New Orleans. "(Durant) wouldn't leave Jrue (Holiday's) body. For now, let's take a look at why this thing is now 3-1.

The Warriors have won 14 consecutive home playoff games. He finished with 38 points on 15-of-27 shooting, which saw him kill the Pelicans in the mid-range, where he shot 9-of-15.

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A lineup seldom used by head coach Steve Kerr this season, logging only 127 minutes together in 2017-18 due to the plague of injuries the team withstood, it has proved a kill-shot for teams that have been forced to face it - the Pelicans being the latest victim. His moves have been questioned throughout the first three games. He also has averaged 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in his last five games while shooting 13 of 25 from beyond the arc, so it's not unreasonable to think Tucker may make a contribution here. He racked up eight points, nine assists, and nine rebounds. That lineup, of course, consists of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. The Warriors gave JaVale McGee the starting nod in the series against San Antonio but switched things up in this series.

If there's one piece of solace for the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors right now, it's likely this - comebacks from 3-0 deficits are not completely unheard of in major sports. Now they're in control of the series with an elimination game on their court. LeBron James has been showing the world that he is not going anywhere, as he continues to score upwards of 40-points per game. New Orleans has to get Mirotic and Rondo to step up and balance the offense.

When Kevin Durant decides to take over a game, there is no stopping him. But in Game 4 they had nowhere to run. Who emerges with the win in this contest?

His explosion could perhaps be partially attributed to a "long-ass text message" he received from teammate Draymond Green after the Warriors dropped Game 3. Trying to beat the Warriors at their own game sealed their fate.