Curry's big night carries Warriors to sixth straight win
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 01, 2018 01:31 PM
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
By Janie McCauley, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 37 points for his sixth 30-point game of the season, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 131-121 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) for their sixth straight win.
Curry had seven three-pointers and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 24 points and eight assists, and Draymond Green contributed 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for his first double-double of the season. Green has 50 assists in the last five games and is a big reason the Warriors are passing so well this season. They finished with a season-high 39 assists.
Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow and had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Pelicans, who lost a five-game Western Conference semifinal to Golden State last postseason.
Klay Thompson scored 18 points with one three-pointer for the Warriors two days after setting an NBA record with 14 three's and scoring 52 in a blowout road win against the Bulls.
Curry scored 16 points in the third quarter with four triples. He wound up 12-for-20 and 7-of-11 from deep.
Two-time defending champion Golden State's lone loss came in the third game of the season by two points at Denver on Oct. 21 (Oct. 22, PHL time).
Jrue Holiday had 28 points and nine assists while Nikola Mirotic added 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which has a quick turnaround playing at Portland on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). The Pelicans lost their third straight.
The Warriors had 12 assists on 16 baskets with five three-pointers in their 43-point first quarter.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
A moment of silence was held before the game for San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who died Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) at age 80.
"For me, Willie McCovey represents a major figure from my childhood," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who grew up a Dodgers fan. "Hearing Vin Scully talking about Willie McCovey and the Dodger/Giant rivalry. I'm well aware of how beloved Willie was here in the Bay Area and by the Giants family. We extend our condolences to Willie's family and to the Giants family. Everybody here with the Warriors is thinking about them tonight."
LET'S GET TROPICAL!
During his sharp-shooting barrage against Chicago, Thompson was forced to wear a large yellow headband over a cut on his forehead, and he joked after the game he looked like Jackie Moon, Will Ferrell's character from the movie "Semi-Pro." Thompson then arrived to the arena Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) dressed as Moon in a Flint Tropics jersey for Halloween.
Pelicans: The Pelicans were outrebounded 46-42. ... Elfrid Payton missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... New Orleans lost each of its previous two games scoring 111 points, against Utah and Denver. ... The Pelicans have lost 28-of-31 overall to Golden State including playoffs. ... New Orleans won 126-120 at Oracle Arena on April 7 (last April 8, PHL time) to snap a 10-game losing streak on Golden State's home floor.
Warriors: Reserve G Shaun Livingston missed his third straight game with soreness in his right foot. The MRI was clear, coach Steve Kerr said, "but we are going to be very careful with Shaun." Kerr also plans to take every precaution with fellow veteran Andre Iguodala because "we want both guys to be fresh and ready to roll for the playoffs." ... Three Golden State starters had two fouls by early in the second quarter — Curry, Green and Damian Jones. ... The Warriors played at home on Halloween for the first time since hosting Phoenix on Oct. 31, 2000.
Pelicans: At Trail Blazers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
Warriors: Host Timberwolves on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) seeking a fifth straight home win in the series.