Anthony Davis takes a hook shot over Andrew Bogut

Game 3 postgame recap: Warriors 123, Pelicans 119 (OT)

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

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Warriors lead series 3-0

What appeared to be an incredible night for New Orleans most of the evening turned into the ultimate heartbreaking loss, as Golden State rallied from a 20-point deficit in the final quarter, capped by an improbable Stephen Curry three-pointer to send it to overtime with 2 seconds left. The Warriors then seemed to take control in OT with a six-point lead, but the Pelicans created more drama by pulling within a point. However, the hosts were unable to retake the lead, as Golden State picked up a memorable victory and took a 3-0 series advantage on the eighth-seeded Pelicans.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Stephen Curry sank two free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining in overtime, stretching the Warriors’ lead to two possessions. The Pelicans only had time to fire up a three-pointer at the buzzer, but even if that had fallen, it was too late to erase the four-point deficit. On the previous possession, the Pelicans were down 121-119 and had a chance to tie, but Anthony Davis’ drive against Andrew Bogut resulted in a missed bank shot.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Ryan Anderson was a combined 2-for-11 shooting in the first two games at Golden State, but delivered in his return home. Anderson made shots from all over the floor Thursday, including a fourth-quarter barrage that led to Anderson and the Warriors sideline exchanging words, a rarity for player who never seems to talk much to the opposition. The reserve finished with 26 points on sparkling 10-for-14 shooting from the field.

PELICANS UNSUNG CONTRIBUTOR

There’s something about second quarters and Norris Cole. After going off in the second period vs. San Antonio last week, a key to the win over the Spurs, Cole was at it again Thursday, this time racking up 11 points in the stanza. Cole totaled 16 points in 26 minutes, helping key a 63-52 halftime edge.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“You can’t sugarcoat it. We’re all feeling like dirt right now, so obviously you want to build them up, but there is nothing that you can build up in a situation like that. It can be a growth moment for us. It’s just tough. To have the game, and to lose it that way, there is no way to fix it right away. We’ve got to deal with it and own it.” – Monty Williams on the loss

“We didn’t execute the game plan. We were supposed to foul. We’ve had that happen to us a couple times and we shouldn’t have even had that shot (by Stephen Curry) take place. We just didn’t execute and that’s on all of us, but we were supposed to foul.” – Monty Williams on the sequence in which Golden State forced overtime with a three-pointer

“I wanted to foul, tried to foul, but there was no way. Steph was in the shooting motion. You couldn’t get to him unless you wanted to (give up) three (foul) shots. We could’ve fouled (Mo Speights) there. I’ve got to watch (the tape to see more clearly what happened).” – Quincy Pondexter on the defensive sequence at the end of regulation

“That one play didn’t decide the game. There were plays throughout the game.” – Anthony Davis on Curry’s OT-forcing trey

“This is a tough one to swallow. Up the whole game. They made tough shots and we came out with a loss. We’ve got to do better.” – Anthony Davis, after being asked if this was the toughest loss of his basketball career

 “We’ll watch the film and see more of what we did wrong, but you’ve got to come up with a win when you’re up that much. Or you can be down 3-0, like we are. We didn’t capitalize. We put ourselves in this position.” – Norris Cole on the loss

BY THE NUMBERS

39-19: Golden State scoring advantage in the fourth quarter, allowing it to erase an 89-69 deficit.

22: Warriors offensive rebounds, a big key to the late comeback.

15: Pelicans turnovers. At one point New Orleans had only nine turnovers, but seven of them were from offensive fouls (including charges and moving picks).

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Head Coach Monty Williams talks to the media following tonight's game against the Warriors.

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Pelicans Postgame: Monty Williams 4-24-15

Head Coach Monty Williams talks to the media following tonight's game against the Warriors.
Apr 24, 2015  |  03:00

Pelicans Postgame: Anthony Davis 4-24-15

Forward Anthony Davis talks to the media following tonight's game against the Warriors
Apr 24, 2015  |  06:47

Playoffs Postgame: Norris Cole 4-24-2015

Norris Cole speaks with the media after Pelicans - Warriors
Apr 24, 2015  |  02:05

Playoffs Postgame: Ryan Anderson 4-24-2015

Ryan Anderson speaks to the media after Pelicans - Warriors
Apr 24, 2015  |  03:06

Warriors vs. Pelicans Game 3

Stephen Curry turned in an unreal 40 point, 5 rebound and 9 assist performance as the Warriors erased a 20 point 4th quarter deficit to win 123-119 in OT and push the series to 3-0.
Apr 23, 2015  |  04:27

Last Ditch Effort

Anthony Davis gets off one last shot at the buzzer but it doesn't connect.
Apr 24, 2015  |  00:38

Crashin' The Glass

Anthony Davis comes flying in to clean up Tyreke Evans' miss with a mean slam.
Apr 23, 2015  |  00:43

Block Party

Anthony Davis shuts down Marreese Speights, blocking him twice and snagging the rebound for himself.
Apr 23, 2015  |  00:42

Cunningham Denies Speights

Dante Cunningham lays a nasty block on Marreese Speights at the rim.
Apr 23, 2015  |  00:32

Steal and Slam

Tyreke Evans grabs the loose ball and cruises for an easy dunk.
Apr 23, 2015  |  00:51

Dominant Davis

Anthony Davis comes flying in to clean up Jrue Holidays missed shot with the thunderous dunk.
Apr 23, 2015  |  00:32

Pickin' Pockets

Tyreke Evans robs Leandro Barbosa and takes it the distance for the slam.
Apr 23, 2015  |  00:48

Pelicans Take Flight

Tyreke Evans tosses ahead to a sprinting Anthony Davis for the huge transititon dunk.
Apr 23, 2015  |  00:35

Game 3: Pelicans first half highlights

Highlights from the 1st half of Game 3 between the Pelicans and the Warriors (Justin Stout, Pelicans.com)
Apr 23, 2015  |  01:22

Pelicans Flying High

The New Orleans Pelicans go on a huge first half run to build a sizeable lead on the #1 Warriors in Game 3.
Apr 23, 2015  |  00:53

Evans In Control

Tyreke Evans busts a move en route to extending the Pelican's double digit third quarter lead.
Apr 23, 2015  |  00:53
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