Warriors return to form and dominate the Pelicans 118-92 for a 3-1 series lead

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By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors, who were thoroughly thumped by the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night in New Orleans, came out smoking as the led by ten points 14-4 in the first few minutes of the game and put the pedal to the metal as they soundly defeated the Pelicans 118-92.

The Warriors, who couldn’t make three-point shots in Friday night’s loss, made four of them in the first six minutes of the game and finished the first quarter with a 15-point lead 37-22. The Pelicans won the second quarter 32-24 to trail at the end of the first half by seven points. They went to the locker room hoping that they could come out blazing in the third period just as they did in game three.

The Warriors, who have played so well so many times in the third quarter, dominated on both offense and defense. The Warriors scored 33 points and held the Pelicans to 19. Teams trailing by twenty or more entering the fourth quarter very rarely, if ever, come back to win in the NBA. The Warriors continued to pound the Pelicans as they won by 26 points, 118-92, to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

Game Notes and Stats: Steve Kerr made two changes to his starting lineup Sunday afternoon. He started Draymond Green at center in place of JaVale McGee and inserted Andre Iguodala at the small forward position. Draymond had nine rebounds in the game and now has 899 rebounds in his playoff record. He’s the third Warrior to reach that plateau. The other two players are in basketball’s Hall of Fame. Wilt Chamberlain leads with 922, and Nate Thurmond is second with 896.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 38 points, five assists, nine rebounds, one steal, and one blocked shot. Green’s line was eight points, nine assists, nine rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. Steph Curry knocked down 23, and Klay Thompson added 13. Backup guard Quinn Cook led the bench with 12.

The leading scorer for New Orleans was Anthony Davis wi]th 26 points and 12 rebounds. E’Tuan Moore was second with 20 and Jrue Holiday had 19. The Warriors were able to contain Nikola Mirotic as they held him to just seven points. Ian Clark, a former Warrior, scored 11 coming off the bench.

The stats show the domination of the Warriors. The Dubs shot 48.4% from the floor, and the Pelicans were held to 36.4% The Warriors mad 11 3’s in 33 attempts and the Pelicans connected on just four of 26 tries. The Warriors were able to move the ball much better as they recorded 28 assists and the Pelicans’ ball movement game, which was so good Friday night, was not able to get going Sunday as they were credited with just 17. The Warriors handled the ball well as they committed 11 turnovers. The Warrior defense, however, forced the Pelicans to commit 19 which led to 21 Warrior points.

Game 5 for the best-of-seven series will be played at Oracle Arena Tuesday night at 7:30 pm PT.

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