Sweep on the horizon? Pelicans rout Blazers, lead series 3-0

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 19: Nikola Mirotic #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts after scoring a three pointer during Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Smoothie King Center on April 19, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Pelicans are one win from a franchise first.

The Pelicans routed the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-102 Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in the best of seven first round Western conference playoff series. The Pelicans can sweep a playoff series for the first time with a victory over Portland Saturday.

Nikola Mirotic scored 30 points, making 12 of 15 shots from the field. Anthony Davis scored 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Mirotic has scored 63 points in the three playoff wins, on 24 of 41 shooting. A reporter asked head coach Alvin Gentry, why has Mirotic been so hot?

“Gillette, Gillette should get the credit,” joked Gentry. Mirotic’s great play has coincided with him shaving his beard.

Rajon Rondo scored 16 points and handed out 11 assists. The Pelicans led by 25 points in the third and fourth quarters.