With the Pelicans fighting for their playoff lives, they needed a win in the worst way at Golden State, and they got just that, Saturday night. New Orleans triumphed in Oakland, 126-120. The Pels hold the fifth-seed in the Western Conference.
It’s the Pelicans (46-34) first win over the Warriors since 2015, snapping a 10-game losing streak in the regular season. The last win at Oracle Arena was way back in 2012.
"Big confidence booster. Like you said, knowing where we are in the playoff race," said Anthony Davis. "You got seven teams fighting for six spots. We just trying to go out here and compete. That's all we're trying to do is go out and compete. It was a big one for us, but most importantly, we haven't won here in a while. It gave us a lot of confidence going into the Clipper game."
"I just thought we played about as perfect as you can to beat them. They're such a great team, they just keep coming at you. We were never comfortable. I like all our wins, I really do. I think we beat a real quality team tonight, but we beat some quality teams before. I think we played good basketball last week when we struggled and lost some games. We played well, but we weren't able to finish the game. We had to try to finish the game today," said Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry.
Anthony Davis racked up 34 points and 12 rebounds against the defending champs. Nikola Mirotic contributed with 28 points, draining six three's. Jrue Holiday poured in 25 points with six assists.
Kevin Durant paced the Warriors with 41 points and ten rebounds. Stephen Curry sat out the contest with Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee.
The Pelicans continue their road trip with a Monday night game at the Clippers. Tip is set for 9:30 p.m. Central Time. If they get a win at L.A., they clinch a playoff berth.
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