The Warriors’ superstar PG was in top form as Stephen Curry dropped 34 points on the Pelicans in a seemingly endless barrage of shots.
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The Golden State Warriors took Game 1 of the First Round of the Playoffs over the New Orleans Pelicans thanks to 34 points from Stephen Curry to give them a 106-99 win.
After giving up the first four points of the game to the Pelicans, the Warriors – who finished with the league’s best record at 67-15 and one of the most dominant scoring attacks in the NBA – answered with 10 unanswered points, accented by this incredible three-point shot by Curry (one of thirteen he would have on the day):
From then on Curry along with Shooting G Klay Thompson took over the game, with 34 points from Curry and another 21 points from Thompson. F Draymond Green and C Andrew Bogut also contributed to the scoring frenzy with double-doubles for each of them – 15 points and 12 rebounds for Green, 12 points and 14 rebounds for Bogut.
Curry would finish the first half of the game with 19 points including a layup that gave the Warriors a seemingly insurmountable lead.
Pelicans F Anthony Davis managed to bring New Orleans a little bit close with 18 points in the 4th quarter – giving him a game total of 35. But the team as a whole just couldn’t make the shots that counted early, and it resulted in numerous deficits of 10-20 points throughout the middle of the game that put the Pelicans far out of reach of a comeback.
The Pelicans were still able to put up a few highlights of their own, which included this impressive 33-foot shot as time expired at the end of the third quarter.
Though the Pelicans were able to close the gap late in the fourth quarter, they were never able to get within one score of the Warriors throughout the night.
Despite a late rally by the Pelicans, they were unable to break the 100-point threshold, and a series of successful free throws by the Warriors with no fouls to give sealed the Game 1 win for the Warriors.
The Warriors will host the Pelicans again for Game 2 before heading to New Orleans for Games 3 and 4. But considering the way they played this week, they may not even get a chance to come home in Game 5 to let their home crowd watch them move to the Conference Semi-Finals.