Instant Analysis: Short-handed Warriors start slow, hold off pesky Pelicans
WARRIORS WIN AGAIN WITHOUT DURANT
OAKLAND -- It was more an effort of labor than a work of art, but the Warriors did enough Saturday night to take a 110-95 win over the Pelicans at Oracle Arena.
Four players scored in double figures, with Stephen Curry’s 27 points leading the way. Klay Thompson put in 24 points, Andre Iguodala 14 and Zaza Pachulia 10.
The Warriors (15-5) shot only 41.5 percent from the field but committed a season-low 10 turnovers -- off which New Orleans scored only 3 points -- in beating the Pelicans for the 10th consecutive time in Oakland.
With Durant out, production had to come from other sources. Iguodala, coming off the bench and shrugging off a tender left knee, did a fabulous job of providing what was needed.
Iguodala’s line: 14 points (5-of-10 shooting from the field, including 2-of-5 from deep, 2-of-4 from the line), four assists, three steals and two rebounds. He played a season-high 31 minutes and finished plus-11.
After trailing for most of the half, the Warriors found their bearings in the third quarter and slowly built a double-digit lead they maintained for most of the fourth.
Not until they outscored New Orleans 9-0 over the final 3:25 were they able to close this one out. The Warriors held the Pelicans to 5 points over the final five minutes.
Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) was listed as probable and upgraded to available shortly before tipoff. F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) was listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee bilateral injection recovery), F Solomon Hill (R hamstring tear) and G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) are listed as out.
The Warriors return to the court Monday night, when they face they close out their three-game homestand against the Sacramento Kings. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.