The Warriors won a nailbiter on Tuesday, escaping New Orleans with a 102-101 victory. Playing without Andrew Bogut, who missed the game due to suspension, the Warriors were paced by their frontcourt, as Jermaine O’Neal recorded season-highs of 18 points and eight rebounds, while David Lee added 19 points and seven boards. Klay Thompson led Golden State with 22 points, while Stephen Curry nearly had a triple-double with 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. The victory pushes the Warriors record to 9-6. They’ll continue their road trip Wednesday night in Dallas when they take on the Mavericks.
Mark Jackson
On the play of the Pelicans in the second half:
“They got it going offensively in the third quarter, and they have weapons all around the floor and they had some good looks. It’s a well-coached team but we came through with some timely plays late in the game to come away with the victory.”
On Jermaine O'Neal's play:
“That’s why we went and got him. He plays similar defense as (Andrew) Bogut. He anchors our defense and is a presence in the post. He came ready to score. We missed Bogut but Jermaine (O’Neal) did an outstanding job at caring us at times.”
Jermaine O'Neal
On tonight's game:
“As long as I’ve been in the league I know tonight’s game has nothing to do what we did in other games. You have to go out and give it your best night in and night out.”
On closing out games:
“Tonight coach said that he has confidence in me and set up a play for me. This team has a bunch of guys in this locker room that has great character, and that what you need in this league.”
Klay Thompson
On Eric Gordon's last shot:
“He had a great look at the rim. It just didn’t fall for him tonight.”
On tonight's win:
“All the games are big wins. (Being) 9-6 is better than (being) 8-7. It may be only November, but these are the wins you need throughout the season. You never know what will happen down the road, but in March and April you need these wins.”
The Warriors head out on a four-game road trip that opens on Tuesday in New Orleans. This will be the first of this season's three matchups between the two teams and will begin a stretch of seven of eight Warriors games being played away from the friendly confines of Oracle Arena. Golden State swept all four games with New Orleans last season and the team will look to keep that momentum going as they attempt to put a halt to their longest losing streak of the season.
The Warriors suffered another tough loss on Saturday, falling to the Trail Blazers 113-101 at Oracle Arena. Golden State had the lead entering the fourth quarter, but couldn’t manage to close it out in the final frame. Klay Thompson led the Dubs with 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting before fouling out of the game. Stephen Curry recorded another double-double with 22 points and 11 assists, as did David lee with 15 points and 12 rebounds. GAME RECAP
Warriors center Andrew Bogut has been suspended one game without pay for his inovolvement in an altercation between the Warriors and Trail Blazers on Saturday night at Oracle Arena. Bogut will miss Tuesday's game at New Orleans and figures to return to action on Wednesday in Dallas.
When the Warriors acquired Andre Iguodala over the summer, many wondered if his presence would hinder the development of Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, the two players likely to lose playing time as a result. Well, as it turns out, there’s no need for such concern. Klay Thompson has scored 30 or more points in three games so far this season, a mark bested by only four other players in the league (Durant, Harden, James, and Love). And Barnes, who was forced to the bench after ceding his starting spot to Iguodala, seems to have fully recovered from his toe injury, and has scored in double-digits in six-straight games, the longest such streak of his career. While it’s unfortunate that in most cases, at least one of these three players will be off the court, these are the kinds of problems you want your team to have. You can never have too many good players, but as Mark Jackson is coming to know, it’s all about how you use them that separates your team from the pack. DUB THE VOTE
There’s something to be said for consistency, and when it comes to David Lee, there’s a lot to talk about. With 15 points and 12 boards in Saturday’s loss, Lee has now posted six double-doubles on the season, and 300 in his career, becoming just the 12th active player to reach that mark. Additionally, it also continued his career-long streak of 90 games scoring in double digits, which is the third-longest active streak in the league and the longest by a Warriors player since Chris Mullin had a streak of 301 games (1989-93). As the Warriors attempt to keep their heads above water while awaiting many of their players to return from injury, they’ll no doubt continue to rely on their All-Star power forward, who has consistently proven himself equal to the task. DUB THE VOTE
If the Warriors were looking for an easy start to the road trip, it’s unlikely to come on Tuesday night. Although the Pelicans sit toward the bottom of the Western Conference with a record of 6-6, it would be unwise to overlook them. Possessing one of the most exciting young players in the NBA in Anthony Davis, New Orleans has the ability to stretch the floor on offense, while being a stalwart on the defensive end. The acquisition of Jrue Holiday from Philadelphia over the summer has not produced the immediate results that they had hoped for, but with Ryan Anderson now fully healthy, the Pelicans seem to be back on the right track after winning three of their last four. With tough road games against the Mavericks, Thunder and Kings to round out the rest of their road trip, the Warriors would be doing themselves a big favor by starting it off with a well-earned win.
Injury Report
GSW: Jermaine O’Neal (bruised right knee/right groin strain) is day-to-day. Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.

NOP: Darius Miller (left foot) and Greg Stiemsma (left knee sprain) are out.