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Curry lifts Warriors over Pelicans, 97-87

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2014 at 11:31 pm •  Published: January 18, 2014
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Later in the quarter, Curry hit a 26-foot 3-pointer and driving layup in succession to push the Warriors' lead to 78-66.

After that, New Orleans scored 10 straight points, capped by Davis' turnaround jumper, but Crawford responded with a turnaround jumper and 3-pointer, and Golden State went back up by nine on Andre Iguodala's reverse layup with 4:47 to go.

Crawford's clutch play caught his teammates' attention.

"He's a scorer, he's a playmaker," Curry said. "He'll get more comfortable as we go along, but he's shown why that was such a good trade for us. So I'm excited that he's here."

The closest New Orleans got down the stretch was 89-84 on Roberts' 3 as he was fouled for a four-point play, but Bogut responded with a putback, Lee added a clutch 9-foot turnaround and Curry sealed it with four free throws.

Pelicans coach Monty Williams said his team's slide is "on me."

"I've got to do a better job of knowing when to call a timeout or get the right rotation in," Williams said. "Our guys are battling. They compete every night. They fight. They're not looking for excuses and that's all you can ask for."

As in recent games, the Pelicans started fast, trailing for only 16 seconds in the first half.

Davis scored 24 points before halftime, hitting mid-range jumpers, making seven foul shots and even converting an off-balance, alley-oop on a fast-break feed from Roberts before crashing over the baseline.

But Curry buried a 3 from 26 feet, sparking a 9-0 spurt that he capped with a driving layup to cut New Orleans' lead to 50-48, and the Pelicans took only a tenuous 54-52 lead into halftime.

Notes: The Warriors have played 25 road games, most of any team going 14-11 in those games. Golden State returns home for five games, starting Monday against Indiana. ... With C Jason Smith sidelined indefinitely by cartilage damage in his right knee, rookie Jeff Withey played 14 minutes. He had 3 points, 2 rebounds and a block. ... This was the third and final meeting between the teams, with Golden State winning all three.