After an inauspicious beginning in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Anthony Davis and New Orleans Pelicans managed to make the final score look less like a blowout.
The Pelicans scored 33 points in the final frame, chopping down what was once a 25-point lead to a seven-point gap in a 106-99 loss.
It was a face-saving comeback, and one New Orleans head coach Monty Williams probably attributes to fans at Oracle Arena yelling themselves completely hoarse by the end of the game.
Williams doesn't like how damned noisy it is at Warriors home games, and he said so Monday, claiming the level of noise at the stadium might not be "legal."
"I'm not so sure the decibel level is legal, and I'm serious," Williams told reporters, via ESPN's Tom Haberstroh. "They've done studies on that. For the competition committee, there's got to be something to that. It does get a little out of hand."
The arena's Twitter account responded to Williams' remarks. It feels really bad about the Warriors fans being there and making noises:
Golden State's Klay Thompson says it could've been worse, per ESPN's Marc Stein:
I contracted Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman to conduct a third-party noise study, but he's since run into equipment problems:
Steve Kerr joked about the crowd noise before the night's matchup.
Man, basketball is so much more fun when everyone stays quiet and lets the Pelicans play in peace.
Dan is on Twitter. All those hippity-hop-loving fans need a noise citation.