Game 2: Warriors 97-87
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Warriors Hold Serve at Home, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Thompson's Big Fourth Quarter Leads Warriors to 20th Straight Home Win
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Klay Thompson had 14 fourth quarter points and the Warriors rallied late in Monday’s 97-87 win over the Pelicans at Oracle Arena. By holding serve at home, the Dubs take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which resumes Thursday night In New Orleans.

Thompson broke a 71-71 tie on the Warriors’ first possession of the final quarter, grabbing an offensive rebound before throwing down a one-handed slam. That bucket gave the Warriors a lead they would never give up, but that doesn’t begin to tell the story. On three separate occasions in the fourth period, the Warriors’ shooting guard connected on a basket after the Pelicans had come within one or two points. Over one stretch, Thompson, who paced the Warriors with 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting, scored seven straight Warriors points in the fourth quarter, and he later had five more during a late 9-0 run that put the game away.

As good as Thompson was down the stretch, the Warriors would not have been position to win if not for the play of their defense. New Orleans shot 37.8 percent for the game and tallied 35 points in the second half. Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut anchored the load defensively. Bogut pulled down a team-high 14 rebounds, and Draymond Green was largely responsible for Anthony Davis going 9-for-22 from the field. Green finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth career postseason double-double.


Warriors Beat Pelicans 97-87 in Game Two

The Warriors take down New Orleans 97-87 in Game Two on Monday night at Oracle Arena for a 2-0 series lead.

Game 2: Warriors vs. Pelicans - 4/20/15

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Warriors Beat Pelicans 97-87 in Game Two

The Warriors take down New Orleans 97-87 in Game Two on Monday night at Oracle Arena for a 2-0 series lead.
Apr 20, 2015  |  03:20

The DubMix 30 – Game 2 - Part 1

This special edition of the DubMix features moments of strength from Monday's Game 2 victory over the Pelicans. Stay tuned for more.
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The DubMix 30 – Game 2 - Part 2

This special edition of the DubMix features moments of strength from Monday's Game 2 victory over the Pelicans. Stay tuned for more.
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The DubMix 30 – Game 2 - Part 3

This special edition of the DubMix features moments of strength of Monday's Game 2 victory over the Pelicans. Stay tuned for more.
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The DubMix 30 – Game 2 - Part 4

This special edition of the DubMix features moments of strength of Monday's Game 2 victory over the Pelicans.
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Warriors vs. Pelicans: Game 2

Klay Thompson scores 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to guide the Warriors past the Pelicans, 97-87 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Apr 20, 2015  |  03:57

Curry Off Balance

Stephen Curry loses control of the ball but regains it and hits an off balance shot for two.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:19

I See Your Block And I Raise You One

Mareese Speights blocks a shot on one end only to have his shot blocked on the other by Dante Cunningham.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:17

Curry For Three

After two, quick changes of possession, Klay Thompson finds Stephen Curry behind the arc for three.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:22

Green Starts The Break

Draymond Green comes up with a steal, starts the fast break then throws the alley-oop to Andre Iguodala for the slam.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:20

Thompson Goes Baseline

Draymond Green finds Klay Thompson on the fast break and Thompson goes baseline for the slam dunk.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:20

And One For Thompson

Klay Thompson drives the lane, draws the foul and scores the layup for a three-point play opportunity.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:17

With Time Winding Down

Stephen Curry drains a three-pointer before the halftime buzzer.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:17

Barbosa, The Brazilian Blur

Leandro Barbosa uses his trademark speed to split the defense and score on a layup.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:20

Curry Dropping Dimes

Stephen Curry dribbles through the defense, threads the needle with a pass to Andrew Bogut and Bogut slams it home.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:21

Curry's Pump Fake

Stephen Curry uses the pump fake to get his defender up in the air, draws the foul and makes the bucket.
Apr 20, 2015  |  00:19

“We feel like that the identity of our team is our defense and our versatility at that end,” Head Coach Steve Kerr said. “I thought Draymond was just fantastic. Bogut fantastic, and the defense carried the day.”

The Warriors needed that defensive effort after they got off to such a sluggish start. The Dubs trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter after a 14-0 Pelicans run immediately followed an Andrew Bogut fast break dunk sent the already crazed Oracle Arena crowd into an absolute frenzy. The Dubs would shoot just 31.8 percent in the first quarter, and combined with the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Game 1 victory, the Dubs offense had totaled 39 points on 11 of 38 shooting (28.9 percent) over two consecutive quarters in the series.



Thankfully, the bench provided a much needed spark. Marreese Speights hit a pair of jumpers from the top of the key and Leandro Barbosa provided some crucial scoring. The veteran guard had 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting, equaling the point total from the entire reserve unit on Saturday. After the Warriors reserves cut the deficit down to seven, the Splash Brothers maintained the momentum, combining for 12 points during a 17-5 run over the final 3:50 of the second quarter.

Stephen Curry tallied 22 points and six assists in the win, which marked the Warriors’ 20th straight home victory (regular season and playoffs combined). The Dubs, now 42-0 this season when holding their opponents to less than 100 points, will look to keep the momentum rolling when the series picks back up on Thursday in New Orleans.

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