The Golden State Warriors have struggled mightily on the road this season, but you still can’t count them out of contention. They showed that again today after putting an end to the New Orleans Pelicans’ five-game winning streak.
The Warriors had to overcome a lot to get the victory, as the Pelicans amassed a lead of as much as 20 points before entering halftime with a 63-46 advantage. However, the Warriors turned it on in the third quarter and showed off their championship pedigree.
As he’s done so many times before, Steph Curry led the way for the defending champions. He finished the game with 39 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals while shooting 14 of 25 overall and 8 of 15 from beyond the arc.
When they needed a big play, Curry was there. Whether it was a bucket or a big assist, Curry always had an answer when the Pelicans tried to get back into the game in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Poole was the second-leading scorer for the Warriors with 21 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Draymond Green had one of his usual statlines with eight points, six rebounds, 12 assists and two steals – though it’s fair to point out that he was lucky to stay in the game after another on-court incident.
The Warriors (40-37) now sit in the sixth seed, while the Pelicans (38-38) have fallen to the eighth seed. Golden State have two remaining home games and three road games to close out the season, and they still have to take on three playoff teams in the Denver Nuggets (Away) , Oklahoma City Thunder (Home) and Sacramento Kings (Away) before they’ll know if they’ll fall back down into the play-ins.
As things stand, though, it’s safe to say that you can’t write the Dubs off. When you have Curry on your team, anything is possible.