Golden State coach Steve Kerr dead-panned that he’d be relaxing on the beach while waiting to find out who would be the Warriors’ second-round playoff opponent. “I’ll be in Cabo all week. I told the guys just to get some work in if they want,” Kerr said, unable to stop himself from smiling before he got to the end of the sentence. Among those who won’t be laughing are the Warriors’ next opponents, who will have to figure out how to stop Stephen Curry and Co. from scoring in bunches, as they did in their convincing four-game sweep of burgeoning young All-Star Anthony Davis and the upstart New Orleans Pelicans. Now Golden State await the winners of the Memphis-Portland matchup. Memphis leads the series 3-0. The Warriors came through with their most complete performance of the first-round, building a 13-point lead at halftime, widening it to 24 late in the third quarter and squelching the Pelicans’ desperate, last-gasp bid in the fourth quarter, 109-98. Curry scored against anyone the Pelicans sent out to guard him, including 6-foot-10 Davis, in the clinching game. He also hit six of eight 3s he put up to finish with 39 points. When he wasn’t scoring, he had plenty of help from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Curry averaged 33.8 points during the series, while Thompson averaged 25 points and Green, 15.8. “You play great defence and all of a sudden it looks like they’re throwing up a shot, but it goes in,” Davis said. “It’s tough. Hats off to them. They made incredible shots through the course of the series. We tried our best to stay attached to them, but they did a great job. Some of it was us and some of it was them hitting tough shots.” Meanwhile, Andrew Bogut made it hard on any Pelican player trying to score inside, blocking eight shots in the series and altering many more. “They’re built to win a championship. They’re probably the most complete team that we faced, them and San Antonio,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. “I had to watch games that they lost just to see what teams did against them because you just don’t see it when they’re winning games. You’re like, ‘Where’s the weakness?’ So to me, they just don’t have many weaknesses, if any. Obviously they’re well coached and they have great players.” The Warriors foresee tougher challenges ahead, but appear confident they’ll improve on last season’s second-round exit. “If we just keep our composure to start games, especially on the road, we’ll be fine,” Curry said. “Our defence is what it is; it’s carried us all season, and that will be there for us. But, offensively, if we just stick to who we are, moving the basketball, looking for the best shot every possession, our talent will shine across the board and we’ll be in good shape.” The Grizzlies kept the momentum of their two home wins to open the series, holding off the Trail Blazers 115-109 in Portland to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their set. Although no team has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win an NBA playoff series, Memphis could find themselves trying to finish off Portland without point guard Mike Conley, who departed Saturday’s game early with a possible eye injury after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face from C.J. McCollum. In the East, Jerryd Bayless made a buzzer-beating layup to lift Milwaukee to a 92-90 victory over Chicago that kept the Bucks alive, 3-1 down in the series. It came down to quick action by Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd and crisp execution by Nets reserves Jared Dudley and Bayless. Chicago star Derrick Rose had a chance to seal the series for the Bulls, but turned the ball over with 1.3 seconds to play. Kidd promptly called a timeout, and with 1.3 still on the clock, Dudley lofted a deft inbounds pass to Bayless, who was cutting to the basket and finished for the Bucks’ first playoff game win in five years. The Brooklyn Nets did what they had to do to avoid falling in an 0-3 hole, using a big second half on their home floor to defeat the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 91-83 and narrow the gap in their series to 2-1. Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson all recorded double-doubles for the Nets, who parlayed an 18-0 scoring run that bridged the third and fourth quarters into the win they needed after dropping the first two games of the series in Atlanta. “I thought our defence, especially down the stretch, was outstanding,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said.