Curry lifts Warriors over Pelicans, 97-87
- Article by: BRETT MARTEL
- Associated Press
- January 18, 2014 - 9:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Stephen Curry scored 28 points, David Lee added 22 and the Golden State Warriors sent the New Orleans Pelicans to their eighth straight loss, 97-87 on Saturday night.
Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes.
Andrew Bogut had 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots for Golden State, which bounced back from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid. Jordan Crawford added 10 points.
Tyreke Evans scored 14 points in his return to the Pelicans after missing three games with a left ankle sprain. Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points, but the Pelicans were doomed by 13-of-39 shooting in the second half, during which they scored only 33 points.
New Orleans finished shooting 38.6 percent (32 of 83), including 2 of 11 from 3-point range. The Warriors shot 44 percent (37 of 84), hitting 6 of 22 from deep.
Curry gave Golden State its first lead since early in the first quarter with a reverse layup in the middle of the third that made it 60-58. One possession earlier, Curry had head-faked Brian Roberts into the air to set up an explosive driving layup to tie it.
Later in the quarter, Curry hit a 26-foot 3-pointer and driving layup in succession to push the Warriors' lead to 78-66.
After that, New Orleans scored 10 straight points, capped by Davis' turnaround jumper, but Crawford responded with a turnaround jumper and 3-pointer, and Golden State went back up by nine on Andre Iguodala's reverse layup with 4:47 to go.
New Orleans got as close as 89-84 on Roberts' 3 as he was fouled for a four-point play, but Bogut responded with a putback, Lee added a clutch 9-foot turnaround and Curry sealed it with four free throws.
While New Orleans has been mired in an injury-riddled slump, it had been more competitive lately, losing its previous three games by three, six and three points. And as in their recent games, the Pelicans started fast, trailing for only 16 seconds in the first half and leading by as much as 11 in the second quarter.
Davis scored 24 points in the opening two periods, hitting several mid-range jumpers, making all seven of his foul shots and even converting an off-balance, alley-oop on a fast-break feed from Roberts before crashing over the baseline.
Right after Davis' alley-oop, however, Curry buried a 3 from 26 feet, sparking a 9-0 spurt that he capped with a driving layup to cut New Orleans' lead to 50-48, after which the Pelicans took a tenuous 54-52 lead into halftime.
Notes: The Warriors have now played 25 road games, most of any team in the league. Their road record is 14-11. ... Golden State now returns home for five games, starting Monday against Indiana. ... With C Jason Smith sidelined indefinitely by cartilage damage in his right knee, rookie Jeff Withey played 14 minutes. He had 3 points, 2 rebounds and a block. ... This was the third and final meeting between the teams, with Golden State winning all three.
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