DeMarcus Cousins

Dominant Davis wills Pelicans into 2nd round of playoffs

Now that five-time All-Star Anthony Davis has his first taste of a playoff triumph, he sounds eager to see what's next.

Davis' Pelicans looked like anything but a shoo-in for the postseason after fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season in late January with an Achilles tear. They needed 81 games just to clinch a playoff spot. They ran the table during a pressure-packed final five games of the regular season, climbing to sixth in the Western Conference.

Four games later, New Orleans is on a nine-game winning streak and moving on to the second round of the playoffs for only the second time in 16 seasons since the NBA returned to the city in 2002.

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