Kevin Durant scores 38 as Warriors bounce back, rip Pelicans to take 3-1 series lead
Golden State forward Kevin Durant is fouled by New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday in first half action. AP

NEW ORLEANS — Kevin Durant had 38 points and nine rebounds and Golden State soundly defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 118-92, on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

The Warriors responded to their 19-point loss in Game Three with a resounding effort that produced a wire-to-wire win with leads as large as 26 points.

Durant made 15 of 27 shots. Stephen Curry scored 23, Klay Thompson added 13 and Quinn Cook, who was a Pelicans reserve earlier this season, contributed 12 points.

Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, but the Pelicans hit only 36 percent (32 of 88) of their shots, missing 22 of 26 3-point attempts.

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