The New Orleans Pelicans had no answers for the play of Stephen Curry as they fell to the Warriors 106-99 at Oracle Arena in the opening game of the best-of-seven series on Saturday afternoon.
Curry got the Warriors’ offense going right out of the gate as Golden State outscored the Pelicans 28-13 in the first quarter. From that point on, the New Orleans offense was much better, but the 15-point deficit was too much to overcome .
Curry finished the game with 34 points on 13-for-25 shooting from the floor to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals as the Warriors to the one-game advantage.
He had plenty of help as the other four Golden State starters reached double figures. Klay Thompson wasn’t sharp on the offensive end, but still managed 21 points while Draymond Green put up 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a pair of blocks.
Andrew Bogut also had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds as well as five assists, two steals and two blocks. Harrison Barnes chipped in with 12 points and eight boards while Andre Iguodala added eight points, four rebounds and three assists of the bench.
Anthony Davis carried the load for New Orleans in his first playoff appearance with 35 points on 13-for-23 shooting from the floor and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and four blocks while trying to bring the Pelicans back into the game.
Quincy Pondexter also provided a huge spark with 20 points on 50 percent shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds, six assists and two steals.
The only other player to reach double figures in scoring for New Orleans was Eric Gordon who ended up with 16 points thanks to a 4-for-7 shooting performance from 3-point range. His backcourt mate Tyreke Evans had just one point and one rebound before exiting the game with an injury and never returning.
Norris Cole had the best performance for New Orleans off the bench even though he struggled to shoot the ball. He totaled eight points on 3-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-3 from distance. He added six assists and three rebounds in 33:35 of action.
Alexis Ajinca chipped in with six points on 3-for-3 shooting with a rebound in less than four minutes on the floor.
Jimmer Fredette did not play for the Pelicans in the loss. While it is his second straight season in the playoffs, he has yet to play in a playoff game.
Game two between the Warriors and New Orleans is on Monday night.