The Golden State Warriors are just two games out of the second round of the NBA playoffs after a 104-106 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday night.
The Warriors trailed by three points in the third quarter and trailed by 20 points in each quarter of the fourth, when they trailed by nine and by 10 before hitting a pair of free throws to make it a game at the end of the first.
Golden State finished with 36 points in its final 13 minutes to tie the game at 106.
In a game that featured several highlight plays, the Warriors showed they can get stops on defense in this era of big men.
Stephen Curry led the way with 21 points, while Klay Thompson had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Klay Thompson scored 24 points, hitting 9 of 10 from the field and 6 of 7 from the 3-point line.
The Pelicans led by 10 at the break but Golden State pulled away late in the game and held the Pelicans to 41.3 percent shooting.
“We didn’t take our chances,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.
“We were just outplayed.
We got the ball, we didn’t give it to them.”
Curry, Thompson and Anthony Davis combined for 21 points.
With a team shooting 49.3 and making just 21.8 percent of their 3-pointers, the Pelicans shot 46.7 percent in the first half.
But Golden State’s defense was key in the second half, forcing the Pelicans into 18 turnovers and forcing them to make just 3 of 13 from 3-Point range.
The Pelicans had a chance to tie in the final minute of the third with a 3-pointer by Davis, but Curry missed a pair and Anthony Harris had an assist on the play.
The Warriors then led 63-63 with 5:13 left when Curry missed two 3s in a row.
The Warriors came out firing in the fourth quarter, as they scored 10 straight points to pull within four.
Curry was the only player to score in double figures in the win, adding 17 points.