NEW ORLEANS >> Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Kevin Durant added 27 to go with a big block on Anthony Davis in the final minute and the Golden State Warriors held off the New Orleans Pelicans 113-109 on Tuesday night.
Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and it was the last of his four steals — on Davis in the waning seconds — that sealed the victory. Davis angrily contended he’d been fouled, only to be assessed a technical foul.
Klay Thompson added 17 points for the Warriors, who combined for 14 3-pointers, five by Curry.
Davis finished with 28 points, five blocked shots and two steals but turned the ball over six times.
Langston Galloway scored 20 points, hitting five of New Orleans’ 14 3s, but the Pelicans missed their final five shots from that range.
Tim Frazier scored 13 points for the Pelicans, who led by as many as nine and by five early in the final period. Solomon Hill added 12 points and Jrue Holiday 10.
That wasn’t quite enough against the Warriors, whose stars scored from all over the court and made the gritty plays, as well.
For much of the game, the Pelicans sought to beat the Warriors at their own game, a seemingly counterintuitive approach for a team that has won just eight games.
Instead, it produced one highlight after another on both ends of the floor, not to mention a highly competitive game.
New Orleans fell one point shy of its season high for first-half points, taking a 65-58 lead through two quarters. The Pelicans hit 10 of 19 3-point shots in the opening half, with Galloway hitting four.
Davis hit a 3 as well, and hit on six of his first seven shots overall.
Golden State surged in front in the third quarter, when Curry scored 11 points, and the Warriors led by eight after Durant sandwiched a dunk and a 3 around Curry’s 22-footer, after which Curry reached back toward the New Orleans bench and got a reluctant but respectful low-five from Pelicans associate head coach Darren Erman.
New Orleans wouldn’t wilt, though, and soon after tied it with an 8-0 run highlighted by Davis’ block form behind of Curry’s layup, which led to Hill’s transition layup. The Pelicans went back ahead by as many as five points early in the fourth, only to commit four of their 17 turnovers inside the final 4 minutes. One of those turnovers led to Curry’s double-pump 20-foot jumper, which put the Warriors in front for good at 109-108.
Warriors: Center JaVale McGee made his first start this season at center because regular starter Zaza Pachulia was missing his third straight game with a right wrist injury. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he inserted McGee instead of Kevon Loney, who’d started the previous game, because “we’re experimenting a bit (and) looking at a few different combinations.” McGee played 16 minutes, getting nine points and five rebounds. … Kerr said Pachulia is scheduled to have an MRI performed on him Wednesday.
Pelicans: Terrence Jones grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pelicans. … New Orleans has already played the Warriors three times this season, going 0-3, including 0-2 at home. All three games have been competitive, but that didn’t stop Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, a former Golden State assistant, from joking before the game that he needs to talk to NBA schedulers about not making New Orleans play his old team as frequently in the first couple months of the season.
Warriors: Host New York on Thursday night to open a three-game homestand.
Pelicans: Host Indiana on Thursday night.