OAKLAND, Calif. (Sporting Alert, Box Score, Video Highlights) — Stephen Curry scored 34 points in a 106-99 win for the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of their Western Conference clash with the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. Photo Gallery
Curry shot 13-of-25 from the field, but went just 4-of-13 from 3-point range for the Warriors (1-0), which got off to a fast start and then build a big lead as the game progressed at ORACLE Arena.
Klay Thompson added 21 points, Draymond Green supported with 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks in an all-round performance for Golden State, which held New Orleans to just 13 first quarter points.
Andrew Bogut finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and five assists and Harrison Barnes connected on 4-of-8 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from three-pointers, for 12 points to go along with his eight rebounds for the top-seeded Warriors, who won 19 straight at home.
Anthony Davis collected 35 points, seven boards and four blocks in his first-ever NBA playoff game to lead the way for the eighth-seeded Pelicans.
Davis, who started slowly, came alive in the fourth quarter, on his way to scoring 20 of his tallied points during that last stanza, to help cut the commanding 25 point lead the Warriors built late in the third.
Quincy Pondexter supported well with 20 points on 50-percent shooting from the floor. He also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six helpers for New Orleans (0-1), which beat-out the Oklahoma City Thunder for the last playoffs spot in the West.
Eric Gordon scored 16 points and buried 4-of-7 three-pointers for the visitors, but shot just 5-of-14 from the floor overall.
Golden State led by 15 in the first quarter and build that lead to 25 approaching the end of the third, before finishing with a somewhat quiet fourth quarter in which they missed a number of free throws and allowed the Pelicans to close the gap.
“Obviously the first three were a lot better than the fourth,” Kerr told reporters. “It was good for us to feel that
“… We missed a lot of free throws that made it closer than it needed to be.”
Game 2 of the series is on Monday night, again here in Oakland, where Steve Kerr team went 39-2 at home during the regular season, and Curry and the Warriors will try to take a 2-0 lead on the road,
At the same time, Anthony and the traveling Pelicans, who shot 42.2 percent in Game 1, will seek to pull a game back before heading home for Game 3 of the game series.
Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans had to leave the game with a left knee injury. He didn’t return and is now listed as day-to-day.
FINAL GAME INFO
Final Score: Golden State 106, New Orleans 99
3:30 PM ET, April 18, 2015
Game Was Broadcast Live on ABC and ESPN3
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
Officials: Jason Phillips, Tony Brothers, Sean Corbin
Time of Game: 2:39