Even without the services of Anthony Davis, The New Orleans Pelicans showed that they could hang with the best team in the NBA. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, they came up just short in a 128-122 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.
Without David Lee and Andrew Bogut, the starting back court of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson did most of the damage as the Warriors pushed their winning streak to 16 games to improve to 21-2 on the season. Curry had 34 points on the strength of a 6 for 10 shooting night from beyond the arc. He also had a team-high seven assists and seven rebounds. Thompson added 29 points, three rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green had big nights as well. Iguodala had 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting and five boards while Green totaled 11 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday had monster showings in the loss. Evans had 34 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks while Holiday finished with 30 points, nine assists, five steals and three boards. The front court production came by way of Ryan Anderson, Dante Cunningham and Jeff Withey. Anderson totaled 15 points, six rebounds and three steals while Cunningham and Whitey combined for 23 points and nine boards off the bench.
Jimmer Fredette played 6:36 of action during the first and second quarter for the second straight game. This time around, he registered two points on 1 of 3 shooting from the floor, including a miss on his only 3-point attempt. His only bucket came midway through the second quarter on a jumper in the paint. He also handed out an assist.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a visit from the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.