NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 34 23 22 24 103
New Orleans 32 24 19 33 108
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0020:00 ET6:00 PM CT23:00 , May 4, 2021
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana  Attendance: 3,700

Warriors seek repeat performance against Pelicans

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans

  1. The Warriors have scored 100 or more points in each of their last 23 games against the Pelicans, the fourth longest active streak by one NBA team against another (Clippers: 30 vs. Suns; Rockets: 24 vs. Pelicans; Warriors: 24 vs. Clippers).
  2. The Pelicans have scored 100 or more points in each of their last 24 games, the longest current streak in the NBA.
  3. The Warriors have played 29 games decided by 15 or more points, going 14-15 in those games. The only NBA team that has been involved in as many 15-point margins as the Warriors this season is the Cavaliers (6-24 in 30 games).
  4. Since returning from injury on March 29, Stephen Curry has averaged 36.8 points per game over 18 games, with the Warriors going 11-7 in those contests. Curry has made over half of his field-goal attempts in those games (211-for-415, 50.8%).
  5. Zion Williamson went over 1000 shots for the season last night, and his 61.4 shooting percentage would be the second highest ever in a 1000-shot season. Wilt Chamberlain made 68.3 percent of his shots for the 76ers in 1966-67. Only three others have made 60 percent of their shots in a 1000-shot season: Kevin McHale in 1986-87 (60.4%), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1979-80 (60.4%), and Shaquille O'Neal in 2004-05 (60.1%).
  6. Draymond Green had his seventh game with 15 or more assists last night, which ties him with James Harden for second most in the NBA this season, behind Russell Westbrook (8). The last Warriors player with as many as seven games of 15+ assists in one season was Tim Hardaway, Sr. in 1994-95 (9).

If Steph Curry keeps playing the way he has been, the Golden State Warriors might not just qualify for the Western Conference play-in tournament.

They might stick around the playoffs for a while.

Curry has scored 30 or more points in 16 of the last 18 games. That includes his NBA-leading ninth 40-plus scoring game when he recorded 41 as the Warriors beat the host New Orleans Pelicans 123-108 on Monday.

Golden State (33-32) moved past Memphis into the eighth spot in the West going into a rematch against the Pelicans (29-36) on Tuesday in New Orleans.

"We obviously needed to come down here and get at least one to hold them off, otherwise they're breathing down our necks," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "We've got bigger sights ahead. We want to avoid that nine, ten spot and get into the seven, eight spot so that we have two cracks at winning one. That's a big deal. That's what our focus is."

Curry scored 17 points as the Warriors took a 39-21 lead at the end of the first quarter. Golden State led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter before the Pelicans cut the deficit to 12 at halftime.

New Orleans cut the deficit to six points during the third quarter, but Curry scored 15 points in the period as the Warriors extended their advantage to 95-80 at the end of the third quarter.

Golden State coasted in the fourth quarter and Curry made 14-of-26 field goals, including 8-of-18 3-pointers.

"It was nice to understand the importance of the game and then go out and perform the way we expect to," Curry said. "On both ends of the floor, focused, intensity -- you still feel like you can play better, but I think we enjoyed what we did tonight and the level that we were at for the majority of the game, and it showed. Everybody contributed."

Andrew Wiggins scored 26, Juan Toscano-Anderson had 14 points, Jordan Poole 11 and Draymond Green added 10 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds.

Zion Williamson scored 32 points to lead five Pelicans in double figures, but they never climbed out of the hole they dug in the first quarter.

"The game was basically decided in the first quarter," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "After that, there were runs both ways. We were just in too big of a hole. It was a frustrating night, disappointing night. We just didn't play anywhere near well enough to beat that team."

The Warriors made 17 of 44 (.386) 3-pointers and the Pelicans made 5 of 25 (.200).

"We're in that lucky situation where we get to play them (Tuesday), so we don't have to wait a couple games or wait until we see them next," Williamson said. "We play them right here again, so I think what we do is going to show what kind of character we have as a team."

Tuesday's game is New Orleans' second-to last home game. The Pelicans begin a five-game road trip on Friday at Philadelphia before finishing the regular season at home against the Lakers on May 16.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 4, 2021

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