Stephen Curry scores 41 points as Warriors hold off Pelicans

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 17, 2019 02:29 PM
Stephen Curry scores 41 points as Warriors hold off Pelicans
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry lays up a shot against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 41 points with nine three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make eight or more triples in three straight games, and the Golden State Warriors held off the New Orleans Pelicans 147-140 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) for their sixth straight win.

Pelicans star Anthony Davis went down hard beneath the Warriors basket with 2:22 left but was able to walk off after a few minutes and quickly returned. Davis had 30 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in nearly 41 minutes for New Orleans, coming off a 46-point and 16-rebound gem Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) despite starting 0-for-5 with just four points in the first quarter. Nikola Mirotic scored 29 points, Jrue Holiday added 25 points and seven assists while Elfrid Payton dished out 12 assists.

Kevin Durant hit a key three-pointer with 5:53 to play and finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds, while Klay Thompson scored 19 points with four triples. Draymond Green had four three-pointers as well.

Curry has 28 three-pointers in his past three games while the Warriors made 18 or more from deep in a franchise-record fourth straight game.

He scored 23 of his points in the third quarter, hitting four three's over the final 2:37, as the two-time defending champions rallied, taking a 110-109 lead into the fourth after Andre Iguodala's driving finger roll and ensuing free throw.

Golden State found its rhythm in the second half playing the second night of a back-to-back. The Warriors won 142-111 at Denver on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) and this was their lone day at home during a grueling 17-day stretch, with 7-of-8 games away from the Bay Area. Golden State won't play at Oracle Arena again until Jan. 31 (Feb. 1, PHL time).

On Friday (Saturday, PHL time) at the Clippers, All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is scheduled to start and make his Warriors debut for his first game in nearly a year since tearing his left Achilles tendon and undergoing surgery.

The Warriors were hardly as sharp initially as they were a night earlier, but it would have been tough to match that 51-point opening period at Denver.

They hit 10 of their 21 in the first quarter alone Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). 

"I'm tempted to just write on the board, 'Just do what you guy did last night' and not say anything else," coach Steve Kerr quipped before the game. "I know we can't always shoot that way. That was a special night and we were in the zone."

Golden State began 5-for-9 Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) making 3-of-4 three's, two by Durant, for a quick 16-11 lead. The Warriors then hit seven of their next 23 before Thompson's three midway through the second and chipped away at a 17-point deficit to pull within 71-66 at halftime.

After also losing on Golden State's home floor 131-121 on Oct. 31 (Nov. 1, PHL time), the Pelicans have lost 10 of the last 11 and 21-of-23 to the Warriors. New Orleans also lost a 4-1 Western Conference semifinals to Golden State.

COUSINS CONNECTION

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, Kerr's top assistant during the 2015 championship season, offered some helpful insight on Cousins before the Warriors signed him to a one-year contract last summer.

"I know Alvin awfully well and I know he would be open with me on everything," Kerr said. "We had a couple good conversations and it was very helpful in terms of my approach when we did sign DeMarcus."

Is Gentry curious how Cousins might fit in on a star-studded roster?

"Nope, not really," he said. "He's a great player. He's the best player at his position in the league."

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Mirotic played 29 minutes after he had been limited to 17 on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), five days after he returned from a right ankle injury. ... New Orleans has just two road wins vs. the Western Conference — Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) at the Clippers and in its season opener Oct. 17 (Oct. 18, PHL time) at Houston.

Warriors: Golden State is 4-0 when making 20 or more three's. ... Alfonzo McKinnie and Kevon Looney had back-to-back blocks on consecutive New Orleans shots on one possession midway through the fourth. ... G Shaun Livingston had a driving baseline one-handed slam over Holiday late in the first half and scored 11 points in an 8-minute stretch. ... The Warriors are 6-1 in the second game of a back-to-back this season.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At Portland on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). New Orleans swept the Trail Blazers in the first round of last season's playoffs.

Warriors: At Clippers on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

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