New Orleans scored the game's first nine points and took a 34-18 lead after one quarter. Jrue Holiday hit a pair of 3-pointers during the early rally and finished with 13 points and six assists.
New Orleans shot 63.6 percent (14 of 22) from the floor in the first quarter. Atlanta missed 11 of its first 18 shots.
The Jump crew examines Steph Curry's game and wonder if the MVP is hiding something or if his game is hurt.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Joakim Noah has been telling teammates he is ready to leave Chicago, while a league source stressed to ESPN that a "positive dialogue" between the parties continues.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Steph Curry, who sprained his MCL in the first round, might not be "where he needs to be," but he is not injured.