Having lost three of their last four games with a date against the Pacers looming on Monday, the Golden State Warriors needed a victory to boost their morale and confidence.
They had the perfect opponent in the struggling Pelicans (15-24), and they took advantage, defeating New Orleans 97-87 on the road on Saturday night. The Warriors (26-16) were able to weather off a game-high 31 points from Anthony Davis and played terrific defense late to seal the deal.
Golden State was led by Stephen Curry, who finished with 28 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. David Lee chipped in 22, and Andrew Bogut was finally able to assert his presence, making solid defensive plays and had 10 points to go along with 15 rebounds.
After a shaky start that saw them go down by double-figures in the first half, the Warriors rebounded in the third quarter. A quick 9-0 spurt with the game tied 64-64 gave the Warriors a cushion to work with heading into the fourth, and they were able to hang on.
Tale of the Tape
- Field Goals: 44.0% (37-84)
- 3-Pointers: 27.3% (6-22)
- Rebounds: 43
- Assists: 17
- Turnovers: 8
- Field Goals: 38.6% (32-83)
- 3-Pointers: 18.2% (2-11)
- Rebounds: 47
- Assists: 18
- Turnovers: 13
A Game They Needed
A bounce-back win after a demoralizing loss in Oklahoma City the night before was exactly what they doctor ordered for the Warriors. Mired in a seven-game losing streak, the Pelicans provided the Warriors with a chance to get rid of nightmares of Kevin Durant, but that didn’t exactly mean the Warriors could just waltz into New Orleans and win.
It certainly wasn’t an easy game — the Pelicans gave the Warriors a run for their money — but the Warriors scrapped and clawed and showed that they were indeed the better team.
What’s on Tap
The Warriors will travel home to prepare for the Pacers on Monday in a matchup against one of the best teams the league has to offer.