Thanks to some help from the San Antonio Spurs, the New Orleans Pelicans jumped into the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race with a 103-100 win over the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center on Tuesday night.
After a rough first half saw the Pelicans trail 56-43, Anthony Davis caught fire and carried his team to one of the biggest wins of the season. He finished with 29 points on 10-for-21 shooting from the floor (8-for-11 in the second half), with 10 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a pair of steals.
Quincy Pondexter and Tyreke Evans also made huge contributions at the Pelicans improved to 42-35. Pondexter totaled 20 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the floor, including a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point land while Evans had 12 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon also scored in double figures for New Orleans although neither had a particularly good shooting night. Anderson registered 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting from the field, including 2-for-7 from distance with nine rebounds and two assists while Gordon had 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the floor to go along with three rebounds and two helpers.
Omer Asik added six points and 10 rebounds while Dante Cunningham chipped in with five points and five boards.
Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors in the loss. He finished with 25 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-8 from 3-point range, but had a contested three rim out as time expired that would have pushed the game to overtime. He added nine assists and six rebounds in 35 minutes.
Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut also came up big for Golden State. Green managed 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field with a game-high 14 rebounds and four assists while Bogut had eight points, nine blocks, eight rebounds and three assists.
Jimmer Fredette did not play for the third game in a row and the 12th time in the last 16 games. Norris Cole and Toney Douglas got all the guard minutes off the bench and combined to score four points on 1-for-9 shooting from the field and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. They added seven assists and two rebounds in 32 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a trip to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies are right in the middle of a heated playoff race as well as they are just one game behind the Houston Rockets for the Southwest division lead and the second seed in the Western Conference.