Warriors knock out Pelicans, set up titanic clash with Rockets

Warriors knock out Pelicans, set up titanic clash with Rockets


OAKLAND -- The third quarter tends to be when the magic happens for the Warriors, and they found it once again Tuesday night. It was enough to take them into the Western Conference Finals.

With Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combining for 75 points, and Draymond Green ringing up a 19-point, 14-rebound double-double, the Warriors posted a 113-104 victory over New Orleans in Game 5 to take the conference semifinals.

Limiting the Pelicans to 30.4-percent shooting in the third quarter, the Warriors outscored the Pelicans 36-19 in the period and held on down the stretch.

Thompson was hot early, but went cold in the second half while Curry and Durant were efficient and submitted solid all-around games.

Curry’s line: 28 points (10-of-16 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, 5-of-5 from the line), eight assists and seven rebounds. He played 37 minutes and finished plus-9.

Durant’s line: 24 points (10-of-18 shooting, 1-of-4 from deep, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals. He played 37 minutes and finished plus-13.

After taking a 59-56 lead into halftime, the Warriors opened the second half with a 29-6 run, taking an 88-62 lead on a pair of free throw by Curry with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter.

The Warriors took a 95-75 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Pelicans rallied late, getting as close as seven in the final minutes before the Warriors closed it out with a pair of buckets by Green and a tip-in by Kevon Looney.

Warriors: G Patrick McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) was listed as out.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), DeMarcus Cousins (L Achilles rupture) and G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) were listed as out.

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Rockets is scheduled for next Monday, May 14, at Toyota Center in Houston.

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Swaggy Champ tries to downplay 'Everybody needs to do cocaine' remark

Swaggy Champ tries to downplay 'Everybody needs to do cocaine' remark

Basking in the glow of winning his first NBA championship last week, Nick Young got himself into a bit of hot water on Tuesday night.

While coming out of a nightclub in Los Angeles, Young was approached by TMZ Sports for comments on Canada legalizing marijuana.

"I want people to pass cocaine. Everybody needs to do cocaine," Young said as he got into the passenger side of a car outside the club.

As you can imagine, that comment caused quite a stir.

More than five hours after TMZ Sports posted the video, Young went on Twitter and Instagram to try and put the fire out.

Chill. You know I was just joking

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Adam Silver talks competitive balance: 'Gotta give Golden State their due; on the other hand...'


Adam Silver talks competitive balance: 'Gotta give Golden State their due; on the other hand...'

How dare the Warriors.

They have completely ruined the NBA by...

... executing a plan and winning three of the last four championships.

It's just rude.

On Wednesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver joined the Golic and Wingo show on ESPN and the topic of competitive balance was discussed.

"I get it in terms of Kevin Durant going there. It was a bit of an aberration in our system; we had a spike in our cap, it enabled them to have additional cap room," Silver explained. "The Warriors will tell you they would have figured out a way to get it done anyway. I don't know.

"But even if Kevin Durant hadn't gone to Golden State -- and let's just say he had stayed at Oklahoma City, or let's say he had gone to another team, maybe in the East -- you clearly would have had a third team (in addition to the Cavs) that would have been much better; any team that has Kevin Durant will be -- but then you still have 27 other teams.

"So, you gotta give Golden State their due. I've said repeatedly, let's also celebrate excellence. Ownership, the job Bob Myers has done as a GM, Steve Kerr, of course, one of the great coaches in our league. Steph Curry, drafted; Klay Thompson, drafted; Draymond Green drafted 35th by Golden State.

"I don't think as a league we want to go about breaking up teams just to break them up -- just to force some sort of parity that is kind of unnatural."

In July 2016, Silver said that Durant joining the Warriors  was "not ideal from a league standpoint."

After all, he represents all 30 teams. And as a collective, the league wanted to "smooth the cap" over several years to prevent one giant spike -- which did provide the Warriors the ability to sign Durant.

"I can understand doing some things different in the system that may not have allowed a player like Kevin Durant to go to a team that was already so good.

"There's always a next collective bargaining agreement and over the years we've talked about a harder cap than we have now. The NFL has a much harder cap than we do; ours is somewhat soft. Obviously, it allows teams to go significantly above the cap and the tax level and that's the case with both Golden State and Cleveland. They are significantly above where our tax level is right now.

"So we'll continue to look at it. But in the meantime, hats off to Golden State and Cleveland for that matter. They are competing within the system. I'm still at the stage of celebrating the basketball we have right now.

"But I hear people. Listen, the 28 other teams, you know, they're the biggest complainers in terms of the fact that these two teams have met four times in a row."

Here's an idea -- stop complaining and keep trying to get better.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller