New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors: Postgame Grades and Analysis

April 18th, 2015 by Matthew Schmidt Leave a reply »

Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson added 21 and the Golden State Warriors survived a furious New Orleans Pelicans rally to win Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, 106-99, at Oracle Arena Saturday afternoon.

The Warriors led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter, but the Pelicans went on a 14-0 run between the third and fourth period to trim the lead to 11. Golden State then extended the lead back to 18, but New Orleans kept fighting and forced the Warriors to make free throws down the stretch to secure the win. At one point, the lead was cut to four.

The Warriors, normally a fine free-throw shooting team, went just 21-of-34 from the charity stripe and missed some big ones late, which helped keep the Pelicans afloat.

Still, Golden State built just enough of a cushion where it was able to hold off New Orleans' late charge.

Head coach Steve Kerr seemed happy his team got a taste of what a close, home playoff win feels like, per Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group:

He also had high praise for Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut, both of whom rec ...

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