Warriors roll Pelicans after slow shooting start, 110-95

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"I never lose confidence", Curry said.

And though the Warriors trailed by 14 early, they fought back - largely behind a strong second and third quarter - and took their first lead just before halftime, when Thompson hit a corner 3-pointer. The Warriors kept the Pelicans at arm's length for much of the second half, handing New Orleans a defeat in the second game of a weekend road back-to-back.

Golden State held a nine-point lead going into the fourth but Curry started getting himself going on offense and helped pace a 12-2 run that push the Warriors' lead up to 99-83 with 7:42 remaining.

On the heels of his highest-scoring quarter of the season against the Bulls Friday night, Warriors' point guard Stephen Curry looked like a completely different player Saturday. DeMarcus Cousins scored 15 points with seven rebounds.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 30 points and 14 rebounds while Jrue Holiday chipped in 24 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Unlike Golden State's 128-120 win against New Orleans on October 20, the Warriors will be without one of their many All-Stars for Saturday's 7:30 p.m. tipoff versus the Pelicans at Oracle Arena.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant is doubtful for Saturday evening's game against New Orleans, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said. Warriors reserve forward Omri Casspi started in place of Durant during his other two absences this week and is projected to start Saturday versus the Pelicans.

New Orleans' 6-foot-11 center made a stellar play to block Iguodala's breakaway dunk attempt in the second quarter but had an otherwise forgettable night. It will be interesting to see if the National Basketball Association gets any pushback from teams later in the season when injuries and rest become more vital.

With the Golden State Warriors, it's not a matter of if, but when.

But when you have a loaded bench and a fellow Splash Brother in guard Klay Thompson to pick up the slack, the Warriors (15-5) proved their star shooter can afford to have an off night.



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