Playing the back end of a back-to-back, the Warriors grinded their way to a 97-87 win in New Orleans on Saturday. The Dubs weren’t at their best offensively, but they held the Pelicans to 38.6 percent shooting and just 33 second half points. Stephen Curry led the team with 28 points and eight assists, and he had 11 points during a third quarter that saw the Warriors turn the game around with a 14-2 run. David Lee added 22 points and eight rebounds and Andrew Bogut came up huge on defense, totaling 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. With the win, the Warriors sweep the three-game season series with the Pelicans, and they’ll now head home for five straight games at Oracle Arena.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's win:
“It was a big bounce back win for us. I thought the first half we were not as sharp, but the second half we regrouped, we battled defensively, and we took care of the basketball. It was just a quality win for us.”
On defense in the second half:
“We made the most out of our effort plays. We rebounded the basketball. We took guys out of their confidence zone and I thought that was a big difference with our defense in the second half.”
Draymond Green
On comparing the Warriors and Pelicans' defenses:
“I don’t think we have to test out our defense against anyone. We know what we’re capable of. It’s just important that we stick to our principles and do what needs to be done.”
Andrew Bogut
On the upcoming home games:
“We just need to keep building. Our game on Monday will be a true test to our abilities. You can’t afford to get too comfortable. ”
David Lee
On tonight's win:
“Everyone contributed tonight, especially in the second quarter. We really gained some momentum by winning tonight.”
At 25-16, the Warriors have hit the halfway mark of the 2013-14 season. The team is currently in second place in the Pacific Division, three games behind the Clippers, and sixth in the Western Conference. The Dubs have experienced their fair share of ups and downs this season, but they do remain on pace for their first 50-win season in 20 years. A win in New Orleans will certainly be a step in that direction, and the Warriors can certainly use a victory considering they have followed up their recent 10-game winning streak with losses in three of their last four games.
Hot shooting from the #SplashBrothers was not enough to keep up with Kevin Durant in the Warriors’ 127-121 loss on Friday night in Oklahoma City. Durant’s career-high 54 points overshadowed an otherwise brilliant game for Stephen Curry, who had 37 points and 11 assists for his fifth 30-point, 10-assist game of the season. Klay Thompson also had it going with 26 points, and the backcourt duo combined to shoot 12-for-19 on 3-pointers. David Lee had 13 points and nine rebounds and Jordan Crawford logged eight points on 3-for-4 shooting in his Warriors debut, but the Dubs couldn’t stop the Thunder in this shootout, as Oklahoma City shot 58.0 percent from the field. Now losers of two in a row, the Warriors will look to get back on track on Saturday in New Orleans. GAME RECAP
Although the results have certainly been disappointing, the Warriors’ have re-discovered their offensive firepower over the last two games. They have posted 116 and 121 points in consecutive games, and on Friday they snapped out of a 3-point shooting slump. After shooting less than 35 percent from distance in seven of their previous nine games, the Dubs were 16-for-27 on threes on Friday. Most of that success can be attributed to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who continue to rank in the top three in the NBA this season in total 3-pointers made. Perimeter shooting is a staple of the Warriors, and their success from outside creates easy baskets around the basket from the team’s interior players.
The Warriors enter Saturday’s back end of a back-to-back looking to complete a three-game sweep of the Pelicans in this year’s season series. If they achieve that, they’ll need to shore up their team defense. The last two games have yielded a Warriors opponent season-high in field goal percentage, and non-coincidentally the Dubs lost both games. For a team that had been in the top four in defensive efficiency for the majority of the season, their defensive performance over the last two games is simply unacceptable. Playing on consecutive days, it would be no surprise if the Warriors don’t have their best shooting night on Saturday, but they can give themselves a chance to win if they put forth the defensive effort that #DubNation has come to know and appreciate this season.
While the Warriors are looking for their third win in as many tries against New Orleans this season, the Pelicans will be looking to avoid their eighth straight loss. Injuries have taken their toll during this run of misfortune, as three of the team’s top five scorers (Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans) are currently injured. That leaves even more of a burden on franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis. The second-year forward is potentially having an All-Star season, and he is a major reason why that New Orleans is fourth in the league in offensive rebounding percentage. Davis is averaging 19.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and a league-leading 3.0 blocks per game. In addition to Davis, the Warriors must also concern themselves with Eric Gordon. The veteran guard is coming off of a 35-point performance against the Rockets and he is shooting a career-best 41.9 percent on 3-pointers.
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

NOP: Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) and Jrue Holiday (right tibia, stress fracture) are out. Tyreke Evans (left ankle sprain) is day-to-day.