Postgame wrap: Warriors 147, Pelicans 140

Warriors (31-14), Pelicans (21-24)
by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

OAKLAND – The NBA’s two best offensive teams in January played the kind of game you probably should’ve expected, given the firepower available to both squads. Ultimately, Golden State outlasted New Orleans, as the Pelicans scored the most points in a loss in franchise history, while allowing the most points ever in any game.

Winners of four of its previous five games, New Orleans was seeking a signature win during a recent quality stretch and played very well for much of Wednesday’s matchup. The Pelicans led by as many as 17 points, before the Warriors stormed back to finally wrest control away in the final two minutes.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Golden State kept making big shots, including a corner three-pointer by Draymond Green to go up eight on the scoreboard late. Andre Iguodala tacked on an alley oop slam for a 141-133 edge with less than a minute remaining. With 13 seconds to go, Stephen Curry sank two free throws, topping the previous opponent record of 146 points vs. New Orleans.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Nikola Mirotic played one of his best games since joining New Orleans in a midseason trade last winter, scoring 29 points off the bench in 28 minutes. The forward was in quick-strike mode from the moment he entered the action, finishing 6/10 from three-point range, while making a few from well beyond the arc. After struggling a bit in previous games since his return from an ankle injury, Mirotic’s shooting was the X-factor that nearly carried the Pelicans to a road upset in one of the NBA’s toughest venues. Another shooter who’d struggled earlier in the road trip, E’Twaun Moore, supplied 17 points on 7/13 shooting.

FOCUS ON: ENCOURAGING SIGNS DESPITE A LOSS

Whether it was Curry draining 10 three-pointers and going on a few ridiculous shooting binges, or the Warriors scoring 81 points in the second half, there were several developments Wednesday that could’ve been filed under “maybe only Golden State could do that.” Following the loss, New Orleans often chose to look back at some of the encouraging aspects of what took place in Oracle Arena, which included the Pelicans piling up 36 assists and tying a franchise record for three-pointers made in a game (19).

“I thought we played well,” Alvin Gentry said. “When you play the champs there is obviously going to be ups and downs. I don’t think there is anything wrong in the way we played. Usually when you score 140 points and make 19 threes, you have a chance to win the game. For the most part we competed at a really high level.”

“We showed that we can compete with anybody,” said Anthony Davis (30 points).

“(We did) a lot of good things,” Jrue Holiday said. “I think we did everything well. We got the assists we wanted and the three-point percentage we wanted.”

The key now is to play similarly against the other 28 opponents in the NBA, including Friday at Portland.

“Every game matters now, especially with those teams that are also competing in the same position, fighting for playoffs,” Mirotic said. “I think we will be fine. We need to finish the trip well.”

“I don’t get anything out of loss, but we competed at a really high level,” Gentry said. “If we can do that against this (Golden State) team, we should be able to do it against any team in the league.”

BY THE NUMBERS

10: New Orleans turnovers, a low number in yet another area where the Pelicans fared well against the Warriors.

19-5: Warriors edge in second-chance points, particularly vital in the fourth quarter, when they came up with key offensive boards. Kevon Looney grabbed six at that end of the floor.

12: Elfrid Payton assists, leading the Pelicans. Davis and Holiday each had seven dimes.

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Forward Nikola Mirotic speaks to the media after the Pelicans lost to the Golden State Warriors 140-147 on January 16, 2018 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

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