The Golden State Warriors, once one of the Western Conference’s whipping boys, are a bona fide playoff contender these days, having secured the top seed in the 2015 playoffs and had quite a run of success in the past few years. And it’s in no small part due to the play of Stephen Curry, who again proved he belongs among the NBA’s elite, leading the Warriors to a big 123-119 overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday night.
The Warriors were actually down by 20 points in the fourth quarter against the host Pelicans, but Curry was at the forefront of the big fourth quarter comeback, hitting a big three-pointer with a few seconds remaining in regulation and sending the game to overtime. After trailing 89-69 going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors outscored the Pelicans 39-19 in the final frame of regulation. Golden State now leads New Orleans 3-0, and is just one game away from sweeping their first-round series.
“You know how big of a deal it is to come back from a deficit like that in the playoffs on the road, in a game we knew was very important for us to really take control of this series,” said Curry, who scored 40 points in the game, including seven three-point shots. “So I think we should celebrate the accomplishment.” Curry’s fellow “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson added 28 points for Golden State, which faces New Orleans in Game 4 of their playoff series Saturday night.
The Pelicans were led by Anthony Davis, who had 29 points and 15 rebounds, but missed a crucial free throw with 9.6 seconds remaining in the game. Ryan Anderson, who shot a miserable 2-for-11 in the first two games of the series, also had a strong game for New Orleans, going 10-for-14 from the field and finishing with 26 points.