Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Stephen Curry scored 34 to help the Golden State Warriors ground the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.
The top seeded Warriors led by 25 late in the third quarter, but the Pelicans stormed back, cutting the deficit to four with nine seconds remaining before Golden State iced the game at the free throw line.
“It’s good for us to have to deal with the feeling in the building (Oracle Arena), especially as a favorite, when a team starts to come back,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “You have to feel that. That’s all part of it.”
Anthony Davis had 35 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in what was the first playoff game of his career.
“I think the whole team was nervous,” Davis said. “This is our first time as a unit in the playoffs, and our pace was good. We were moving fast, but our minds were moving fast as well.”
Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans left the game in the first half with a knee injury. Evans is set to have an MRI, and his status for the rest of the series is not known.
Klay Thompson scored 21 points and Draymond Green added 15 along with 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, and two blocks in the win.
The two teams will take to the court again Monday, in Oakland. Game 2 is set to tip-off at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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