The Golden State Warriors earned their 5th win of the season by defeating the struggling New Orleans Pelicans, 116-106, on Monday night at the Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry, who struggled beyond the arc in their previous game against the Los Angeles Lakers, set an NBA single-record of 13 three-pointers.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 46 points, five rebounds, and five assists while Kevin Durant contributed 24 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Klay Thompson, who continued to struggle in the three-point range, added 22 points and five assists.
Curry seemed to be determined to regain his shooting touch after ending his league-record streak of 157 games with at least one 3 in their game against the Lakers. The former MVP exploded against the Pelicans and shot 13 of 17 from beyond the arc in his seventh career game with double-digit 3s.
“I was hard on myself in practice the last two days. I had pretty good shooting sessions,” he said. “I don’t overreact to games like that whether I go 0 for 10 or 2 for 12 or whatever it is. My process is the same, but I had another level of focus the last two days trying to get my rhythm back and see the ball go in.”
Anthony Davis established another impressive performance for the Pelicans, contributing 33 points and 13 rebounds. The Pelicans managed to minimize the gap in the final quarter before the reigning MVP drained a triple on three consecutive possessions and sealed the win.
“That was quite a show. Not at all surprising the way Steph bounces back from bad nights,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
The New Orleans Pelicans, along with the Philadelphia 76ers, are the only teams in the league that is still unable to get their first victory. Meanwhile, the Warriors are now back on track, having a win-loss record of 5-2.
The Pelicans are set to visit the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday while the Warriors will host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
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