With Zaza Pachulia missing his third straight game on Tuesday, JaVale McGee started for the first time this season.
He recorded nine points (4-for-5 shooting) and five rebounds in 16 minutes.
"Felt good," McGee told reporters after the Warriors' 113-109 win. "I was just trying to stay down on pump fakes, not get in foul trouble and just be a spark."
Warriors players and coaches have praised McGee's rim presence and the fact that teams have to account for his ability to roll to the rim and finish lobs.The Warriors converted on one of three traditional lob attempts to McGee against the Pelicans, but the big man is confident that percentage will rise.
"People have always looked for me in the lob situation, but I'm just getting used to playing with them," McGee said. "They're getting used to playing with me and knowing where to throw it. And pretty soon, all those lobs are gonna be going down."
McGee on Tuesday shot his first lob attempt from Steph Curry over the rim.
JaVale McGee lob attempt No. 1 pic.twitter.com/42e6Ojj18r— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 14, 2016
Midway through the first quarter he converted an alley-oop from Draymond Green, and got fouled on a lob from Draymond on the Warriors' next possession (he made one of two free throws).
JaVale McGee lob attempt No. 2 pic.twitter.com/HCOSRLNvcc— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 14, 2016
JaVale McGee lob attempt No. 3 pic.twitter.com/J2LyeiVDU6— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 14, 2016
He rolled to the rim on Golden State's first possession of the second half and Curry found McGee for an easy uncontested dunk.
He converted his last attempt with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter when he slipped a screen, made a nice one-handed catch on a pass from Curry and finished in traffic.
JaVale McGee with nice slip, great catch from tough pass and he finishes in traffic pic.twitter.com/1pDAoTLiJu— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 14, 2016
"I remember the last play Steph passed to me, I almost missed it," McGee explained. "It was crazy. Like, I didn't know where the ball was coming from. But you just gotta be ready. That's what basketball is about -- hand-eye coordination. Luckily, I was blessed with it.