THE Golden State Warriors averted disaster after clawing back from 21 points down to beat an Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans team, 125-116, on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) at the Smoothie King Center.
With Davis (groin, day-to-day) out, the Pelicans stunned the Warriors early and led by as much as 21, 68-48, in the closing seconds of the first half.
But the Warriors stormed back with a 15-0 blitz after the break to close the gap, 69-64. The Pelicans still led by 11 late in the third, but Stephen Curry and company turned up the heat late in the fourth.
Trailing 105-102 with five minutes to play, Curry sparked a 16-3 run to take a 10-point advantage, 118-108 with over two minutes remaining.
The Pelicans failed to recover after the blistering Warriors run as Golden State put away the home team with some clutch free throws down the stretch.
Curry finished with 31 points, hitting five triples, and 11 assists for the Warriors (19-6), winners of four straight games. Klay Thompson added 21 markers, with four treys, while Draymond Green and Kevin Durant scored 19 apiece.
Jrue Holiday had a game-high 34 points for the Pelicans (12-12), while E’Twaun Moore added 28. DeMarcus Cousins had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to go with seven assists, five steals and three blocks.