With Steph sitting, Warriors pluck Pelicans, make statement in Game 1
Warriors smash Pelicans
OAKLAND -- No Stephen Curry, no problem for the Warriors.
The defending champions posted their most impressive performance this postseason Saturday night at Oracle Arena with a statement-making 123-101 rout of a previously hot New Orleans team in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Six players scored in double figures, with Klay Thompson tossing in a game-high 27 points. Kevin Durant had 26, Draymond Green 16, Andre Iguodala 12 and Shaun Livingston 10.
Though Curry wasn’t ruled out until shortly before tipoff, the Warriors cruised without him behind a defense that turned dastardly after the first quarter. The Pelicans shot 31.4 percent over the second and third quarters as the Warriors took control.
Durant and Thompson was fantastic. Green, however, was magnificent to a preposterous degree.
Green’s line: 16 points (5-of-9 shooting from the field, including 1-of-2 beyond the arc, 5-of-6 from the line), 15 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-28.
After a Darius Miller 3-pointer pulled the Pelicans into a 39-39 tie with 10:42 left in the second quarter, the Warriors called a timeout and came back with a 37-9 run, taking a 76-48 lead on a Thompson triple with 50.5 seconds left in the half.
The 76-point first half set a franchise postseason record for points in a half.
The Warriors took a 76-55 lead into the half and had a 103-74 advantage entering the fourth quarter. They led by as much as 31 after halftime and New Orleans got no closer than the final margin.
Warriors: G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) was listed as out.
Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury) and C DeMarcus Cousins (L Achillies rupture) were listed as out.
Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, tipoff at 7:35. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 p.m. with postgame coverage immediately after the final horn of the TNT telecast.