Curry lifts Warriors past Pelicans 128-122 in OT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) As Stephen Curry watched his second 3-pointer in overtime go down from 26 feet out, he shrugged his shoulders then pounded his chest.
It's as if Curry just can't help himself when the chance to hit a devastating shot arises, and the Golden State Warriors can't help but win - even when it looks like they shouldn't.
Curry scored eight of his 34 points in overtime, and the Warriors won their 16th straight, 128-122 over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.
''It was just a tough game to win. (The Pelicans) were playing well and hitting shots,'' Curry said. ''Obviously we had enough in the tank at the end to finish it up.''
Klay Thompson added 29 points for the Warriors, whose franchise-long winning streak includes a club-record 10 straight road victories.
''This winning streak feels great and we don't want it to end any time soon,'' Thompson said.
Tyreke Evans scored 34 points for the Pelicans before fouling out with three minutes left in overtime.
Jrue Holiday had 30 points, nine assists and five steals for New Orleans, which was playing without Anthony Davis but still led 107-99 with 4:16 left in regulation.
''Our guys fought their tails off tonight. We just came up short,'' Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. ''To have a chance to win against the best team in the league says a lot about our guys.''
Andre Iguodala had a season-high 20 points and Shaun Livingston scored 12 for Golden State.
Coming off a victory a night earlier in Dallas, the Warriors were concerned about a let-down in New Orleans. Coach Steve Kerr warned his team about it before tip-off but it nearly became a self-fulfilling prophecy anyway.
Golden State committed 20 turnovers.
''If we defend and take care of the ball, we have a chance. We didn't do either one tonight,'' Kerr said. ''Thankfully, we've got really, really talented players and we have an incredibly strong, competitive desire to win.''
After not hitting a field goal for the last quarter-and-a-half of regulation, Curry opened overtime with a pull-up jumper. Draymond Green followed with a three-point play on a driving layup as he was fouled by Ryan Anderson. Curry came back with a 3-pointer from 26 feet out, and a few possessions later added another.
Anderson scored 15 for the Pelicans, but was only 2 of 8 from 3-point range, one game after he tied a career high with eight 3s. Dante Cunningham added 13 points.
Marreese Speights, who had 10 points, made one of two free throws with 43.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 111. Neither team managed to score again in regulation. Evans' game-winning attempt at the horn was rushed and off-balance.
Curry scored 13 of his points within the first seven minutes of the game, and the Warriors led by as much as 11 on Justin Holiday's alley-oop dunk of Livingston's fast-break lob late in the first half.
Golden State still led by double digits when Thompson's 3-pointer made it 82-72 midway through the third quarter, but New Orleans reeled off 11 straight points. Jeff Withey, who had 10 points, dunked twice during the spurt, which also included Anderson's second 3 of the game.
Warriors: Golden State center Andrew Bogut sat out his third straight game with right knee tendinitis, but went through limited warmups. He is slated to be re-evaluated Monday. ... Harrison Barnes temporarily left the game in the second quarter when he was elbowed in the face by Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham. Barnes returned for the start of the third quarter with one nostril plugged and team officials said he also had two stitches in his mouth.
Pelicans: Williams said the team still hasn't pinpointed how Davis hurt his chest. He said Davis is eager to return but the team will be cautious with what Williams called a ''weird'' injury. ... New Orleans fell to 7-3 at home.
Kerr laughed and said, ''No,'' when asked if this Warriors club, now 21-2, has a chance to approach the 72 victories by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, a team on which Kerr played.
''We had this guy named Michael Jordan on that team,'' Kerr said, adding that that Chicago team was 41-3 at one point.
If the Warriors stay on pace by winning 20 of their next 21 games, Kerr said, ''come talk to me.''
Warriors: Visit Memphis on Tuesday
Pelicans: Host Utah on Tuesday