Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes to say his team teeters on “explosive and careless” basketball, pulling off an astonishing play one moment and a perplexing one the next.
Kerr saw both extremes Monday night.
BOX SCORE: WARRIORS 97, PELICANS 87
Davis had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Gordon scored 23 points for the Pelicans who played with more poise and passion against than they did in the series opener.
In the end, the Warriors were just better when it mattered most.
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“We still get excited at times and do some crazy things. I kind of like the fact that we walk that line,” Kerr said. “It’s what makes us who we are.”
The top-seeded Warriors fell behind by 13 points in the first quarter after a strong start by Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon quieted an announced sellout crowd of 19,596 wearing golden yellow shirts. But a big burst before halftime pushed the Warriors ahead, and their defense clamped down in the closing moments to put away the pesky Pelicans.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night in New Orleans.
Davis had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Gordon scored 23 points for a Pelicans team that played with more poise and passion than it did in the series opener.
“We just have to stick with it,” Gordon said.
“We’re playing the best team in the league and we’re fighting tooth and nail,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams added. “Our guys are grouping up on the fly.”
In the end, the Warriors were just better when it mattered most