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By Jerry Feitelberg
SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors met the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night at the Chase Center. Each team came into the game floundering at the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference. The Warriors had lost five in a row and 10 of the last 11. The Pelican snapped a 13-game losing streak Wednesday night and were hoping to get back on the winning track against the Warriors. The Warriors, who played well in the loss to Portland, started well. They built the lead to 20 in the second quarter. The Pelicans dominated the third quarter to lead 81-78. The Warriors came back and were able to hold on and win for the sixth time this year, 106-102.
The Warriors won the first quarter 31-18 Guard Damion Lee led the Warriors with 10 points. The other guard, D’Angelo Russell, kicked in with six. Glenn Robinson added seven.
The Warriors went ahead 44-24 to lead by 20. It was at this point that the Pelicans went on an 18-2 run to make it a 46-42 game. The Warriors regrouped and were able to finish the first half with a 12-point lead 56-44.
The Pelicans dominated the third quarter. The Warriors, over the past five seasons, used to own the third period, but not Friday night. The Pelicans, behind the hot shooting of JJ Redick, outscored the Warriors 37-22 to finish the quarter 81-78. The Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday hit a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give New Orleans the advantage. The Pelicans took advantage of several Warrior turnovers, too. They also controlled the offensive boards and put second-chance points on the board.
The Pelicans increased the lead to six 97-91. It looked as if the Warriors were done. They regrouped and tied the game at 98 when D’Angelo Russell knocked down a three. The Warriors went ahead 100-98. The Pelicans made a bucket to tie the game. Russell hit a deuce to make it 102-100. Draymond Green was fouled, and he made both free throws to make it 104-100. The Pelicans cut it to 104-102. As time was running out, the Pelicans fouled Damion Lee. He made both free throws. The Pelicans were finished. The Warriors won 106-102.
Game Notes: D’Angelo Russell and Damion Lee led the Warriors in scoring. Russell had 25 points, seven assists, and he knocked down four threes. Lee’s totals were 20 points, six boards, and he, too, made four threes. Alec Burks had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Draymond had 10 points, four rebounds, and 8 assists. Glenn Robinson had nine, Willie Cauley-Stein eight, and Marquese Chriss eight.
Jrue Holiday and Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 25 points each. Reddick finished with 14, Lonzo Ball also had 14.
With the win, the Warriors improve to 6-24. The Pelicans fall to 7-23. The Warriors still own the worst record in the NBA. The Pelicans aren’t too far behind in the race to the bottom.
Warriors forward Eric Paschall left the game after the end of the first half with soreness in his right knee.
Up Next: The Warriors meet the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7:30 pm.