Warriors Dish Their Way to 3rd Straight Victory

Warriors Dish Their Way to 3rd Straight Victory

Iguodala Tallies 10 of Dubs’ 36 Assists in Win Over Pelicans

A four-point game at the half, the Warriors took control in the second half and posted a 126-85 victory over the visiting Pelicans on Friday night at Chase Center.

Jordan Poole knocked down six 3-pointers and led the Warriors with 26 points, Stephen Curry made five treys for 19 points and Gary Payton II put forth another strong effort with 17 points, but the star of the game was Andre Iguodala. The veteran swingman made the most of his 17 minutes on the floor, picking up 10 assists as the Dubs posted their third straight victory.

TEAM LEADERS


GSW
Points Rebounds Assists
Poole - 26 Green - 8 Iguodala - 10
Curry - 19 Bjelica - 7 Curry - 6
Payton - 17 Payton - 6 Green - 5


NOP
Points Rebounds Assists
Valanciunas - 20 Valanciunas - 15 Valanciunas - 4
Graham - 12 Hart - 9 Satoransky - 4
Hart - 10 3 Tied - 3 Graham/Temple - 3

ANDRE’S ASSISTS
Iguodala came off the bench and made an immediate impact for the Warriors. He had four of his 10 assists in the first quarter, and all seven of his dimes in the first half came on Warriors 3-pointers. The veteran wing made just one of his four shot attempts, but the Dubs outscored New Orleans by 26 points in his time on the floor.

“Andre has always been the guy to tie it all together,” Head Coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “He’s back to doing that for us these days, which makes our job as a coaching staff way easier.”

ANOTHER POOLE PARTY
Third-year guard Jordan Poole overcame a tough first half and came alive down the stretch. He finished the game as the team’s leading scorer with 26 points, connecting on six of his nine 3-point attempts. He’s now hit 13 of his last 25 3-pointers over the last two games, averaging 28.5 points in 30 minutes over that stretch.

DUBS ON DEFENSE
After yielding 31 points in the first quarter, the Warriors held New Orleans to fewer than 20 points in each of the final three periods. The Dubs held the Pelicans to 35.6 percent shooting, and the Warriors held their opponent to fewer than 100 points for the fourth time in the last five games. Memphis was the only Warriors opponent to break the century mark in that stretch, and they needed overtime to do so.

PELICANS KEEP IT CLOSE EARLY
With seven and a half minutes left in the second quarter, Damion Lee ran off of a screen and fielded a pass from Andre Iguodala in the post. In one motion, Lee caught the ball on the right wing and launched a 3-point attempt. The shot swished home, making the Dubs 10-for-20 from distance to that point. But the Warriors would soon go collectively cold. They missed their next 13 3-point attempts and scored only six more points for the remainder of the quarter.

Despite being losers of five straight and playing without their two best players in Zion Williamson (fractured right foot) and Brandon Ingram (right hip contusion), the Pelicans played the Warriors tough early behind some early sharpshooting and physical play from Jonas Valanciunas (20 points, 15 rebounds). New Orleans ended the first half on a 15-4 run and were within four points at the break.

DUBS BREAK IT OPEN
Although the Warriors struggled into halftime, they picked it up in the third quarter. Poole shot 5-for-6 after the break and Gary Payton II once again made plays on both sides of the ball to get the bench, and all of Dub Nation, into a frenzy.

The Warriors outscored the Pelicans 72-35 over the third and fourth quarters, and their 36 assists established a new season-high for the second consecutive game.

UP NEXT
The Warriors are tied with the Jazz for the best record in the NBA (7-1), and they’ll look to keep the momentum going when they host the Rockets on Sunday. Remember, daylight savings ends on Sunday, so keep that in mind as you get ready for the 5:30 p.m. tipoff on Warriors Ground.

More Notables ...

  • Golden State improves to 7-1… The last time it started a season 7-1 was the 2018-19 season.

  • The Warriors have won 28 of their last 33 regular season matchups against the Pelicans including 15 of their last 17 regular season home matchups.

  • Golden State scored a season-high 126 points (previous: 121 on 10/19 at LAL)… The Warriors won by 41 points, their largest margin of victory on the season (previous: 22-point win on 11/3 vs. Charlotte)… It was the team’s largest winning margin since a 47-point win on March 31, 2019 vs. Charlotte, 137-90.

  • The Warriors dished out a season-high 36 assists, marking the fifth time this season they have recorded 30-plus assists and are 5-0 in those contests… They currently lead the NBA with 30.1 assists per game.

  • Golden State made a season-high 47 shots from the floor (90 attempts) at a clip of 52.2%, also a season-high mark.

  • The Warriors bench scored a season-high 57 points (previous: 55, 10/19 at LAL).

  • Golden State held New Orleans to an opponent-season low 35.6% from the field.

  • The Warriors held the Pelicans to 85 points, marking the third-straight game they have held their opponent to 99-or-fewer points, the longest such streak since 3/16 to 3/21/17… During the three-game streak, the Warriors are holding their opponent to 36% from the field and 24.4% from 3-point range.

  • Golden State recorded 11 steals, and are 3-0 this season when posting 10-or-more. Tonight marked the second-straight game in which they have recorded double figures in steals (14 vs. Charlotte).

  • Tonight marked the Warriors 11th win of 40-or-more points under Steve Kerr, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three other coaches in NBA history have been at the helm for more wins of 40-plus points (14 – Phil Jackson & George Karl, 12 – Doc Rivers).

  • ATTENDANCE: 18,064 (382nd Consecutive Sellout)

  • Jordan Poole led all scorers with 26 points, making 6-of-9 attempts from 3… Over his last two games he is averaging 28.5 points on 6.5 made 3’s per game.

  • Gary Payton ll tallied season-highs of 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and 18 minutes.

  • Jonathan Kuminga recorded his first career rebound and assist, finishing with three rebounds and one assist in a career-high seven minutes of play.

  • Andre Iguodala dished out a season-high 10 assists (previous: five, 11/03 vs. CHA)… Iguodala became the first Warriors reserve to record double figures in assists since he previously accomplished the feat (12/14/17 vs. DAL)… Iguodala is the first Warriors reserve to record at least 10 assists while playing fewer than 18 minutes all-time (previous best: Lorenzo Romar had 10 assists in 19 minutes on 2/23/82 at SAS).

  • Stephen Curry blocked a career-high-tying two shots, adding 19 points... Curry extended his 3-point streak to 133 consecutive games, the second-longest in NBA history.

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