New Orleans was down by 18 points at halftime and still trailed by double digits midway through the fourth quarter Friday, but in a season where seemingly no lead has been safe, the Pelicans fought their way back and had a chance to prevail. Ultimately, however, Golden State held on for a narrow victory.
Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were not in uniform for Golden State, but the likes of Jordan Poole, Mychal Mulder and Kent Bazemore did their best impression of the Warriors’ potent and dynastic trio, pushing the hosts to a 75-57 halftime edge.
New Orleans, which went 30-42 last season, will conclude its 2020-21 campaign Sunday with a home game against the Lakers. Golden State will host Memphis on Sunday afternoon in a matchup that will decide the Western Conference’s eighth and ninth seeds in the play-in tournament.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Trailing by a point, Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s three-point attempt from straightaway came up short in the final seconds, allowing Golden State to collect a key defensive rebound. The Warriors ran more time off the clock, not being fouled by the Pelicans until two-tenths of a second remained. Poole sank free throws to account for the final score.
Alexander-Walker gave New Orleans momentary 122-121 lead, but Poole drove for a layup to make it 123-122 in favor of the hosts with 21 seconds left, setting up New Orleans’ final possession.
PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME…