CJ McCollum pushed the Pelicans to a play-in victory over the Spurs

CJ McCollum pushed the Pelicans to a play-in victory over the Spurs ...

The New Orleans Pelicans are heading to Friday's play-in tournament in Los Angeles to face the Clippers in the West's 8-seed after defeating a resilient Spurs team on Wednesday night, 113-103.

All CJ McCollum, who showed his passion on the postseason stage, outscored all five Spurs starters by himself in the first 24 minutes. McCollum took control early and assisted settle the Pelicans in, while the young Spurs seemed to be frantic and out of rhythm.

"That dude's bag has a bag."

CJ is smooooy.

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calm, cool, and collected. that's for ya.

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With a massive dunk, Brandon Ingram provided a quick jolt to the New Orleans crowd, and while he did most of his scoring damage in the second half, finishing with 27 points, he wrote one of the highlights of the night in the first quarter.


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Jose Alvarado, the fan favorite reserve, made a splash with three threes, bringing his typical energy to the floor that the Pelicans needed.

Gorgeous for three people!

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New Orleans took an 11-point lead into the locker room, with the high point of the first half coming on an Alvarado steal leading to a McCollum transition three that blew the roof off the Smoothie King Center.


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Herbert Jones, who has done all season, was a threat defensively, with a pair of steals and blocks, making life miserable for the Spurs' wings, as he plied the likes of Keldon Johnson and Dejounte Murray for much of the night.

Herb steals Herb gets dunk

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The Pelicans rallied 21 points early in the fourth quarter, but San Antonio, as they have all had their season, refused to bow out.

Josh Richardson cut the lead to 9 with 7:25 remaining in the fourth quarter!

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Jakob Poeltl with the utter displeasure for the!

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The Spurs simply couldn't find enough shot-making from Devin Vassell down the stretch to reel in the Pelicans. Vassell finished with 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting, with all seven of his assists coming from three-point range, but the rest of the Spurs' young core had difficulty getting it going in the second half, finishing with 15 points but needed 20 shots to get there. Dejounte Murray scored 16 points from the field in a shady outing.

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