Instant Analysis: Warriors battle back vs Pelicans, earn first victory
Warriors fight off Pelicans' star big men
After falling behind by 15 points in the second quarter, the Warriors closed the half with a rush Friday night and rolled to a 128-120 win over the Pelicans.
Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by 33 points from Klay Thompson. Stephen Curry put in 28, Kevin Durant 22 and Draymond Green. David West added 11 off the bench.
Durant also blocked a career-high seven shots as the Warriors (1-1) recovered from their season-opening loss to Houston.
All five starters made significant contributions, but Thompson’s shooting down the stretch was crucial to holding off a late Pelicans rally.
Thompson (+9) scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers. In addition to team-best scoring, he totaled six rebounds, three assists and one block.
When Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins left after committing his third foul with New Orleans up 57-42 and 5:03 left in the half, the Warriors took advantage.
With Curry and Durant scoring 6 points each, the Warriors closed the half with a 19-7 run to bring the score to 64-61.
They opened the second half with a 16-2 run, taking a 77-66 lead with 8:03 left in the third quarter and never trailed again.
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) was listed as out. G Quinn Cook was activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney were healthy inactives.
Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) were listed as out.
The Warriors left New Orleans immediately after the game for Memphis, where they will face the Grizzlies on Saturday at FedEx Forum. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4 o’clock. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05.