Warriors go for sweep of pesky Pelicans

(SportsNetwork.com) – The Golden State Warriors will try to polish off a hard-
fought sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night at the Smoothie King

The Warriors may win this series in four games, but they’ve worked for each of
those victories. Golden State, which had the best record in the NBA, worked as
hard as it did all season on Thursday night.

In Game 3, the first playoff game in New Orleans since April of 2011, the
Warriors survived, 123-119, in overtime thanks to a superhuman effort, and
shot, by presumptive MVP, Steph Curry.

He made a corner 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to tie the
game. Curry’s shot was incredible considering two defenders were charging hard
at him, and he probably got fouled on the play.

The shot completed a historic postseason comeback as the Warriors overcame a
20-point deficit starting the fourth quarter. They became only the third team
in NBA history to win a playoff game after trailing by 20 points with one
quarter to go.

“We had nothing going for three quarters,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
“It was as bad a game as I’ve seen for some time. They had us scattered at
both ends. Our small unit turned it into a track meet.”

Curry was 7-of-18 from long distance and had 40 points, including seven in
overtime, which he opened with a 3 to give the Warriors the lead for the first
time since there were two minutes left in the first quarter.

“Thankfully, I got it off quick enough before those guys clobbered me,” said
Curry. “I was able to knock it down. We had all the momentum at that point.
Total team effort.”

Klay Thompson added 28 points and Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston each
scored 12, but made even bigger contributions on the offensive glass.

The Warriors collected 10 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter alone,
including one by Marreese Speights on Curry’s heroic 3-pointer. Green had four
offensive rebounds in the fourth and Livingston added three.

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead New Orleans. Ryan Anderson
contributed off the bench, scoring 26, and Tyreke Evans added 19 points.

“We’re all feeling like dirt right now,” said New Orleans coach Monty
Williams. “You want to build (your players) up, but there’s nothing that can
build you up after something like that. We have to deal with it and own it.”

The Warriors scored 16 of their 39 points in the quarter on second chances,
but still trailed by 10 after Davis’ dunk with around three minutes remaining.
It was a six-point gap when Curry missed a 3, but Green was left wide-open for
the easy rebound and putback.

Golden State started overtime strongly, but Anderson’s 3 brought the Pelicans
back from a six-point deficit. Anderson trimmed the margin to one, but the
Warriors held on at the free throw line.

They will try to earn the franchise’s first postseason sweep since running the
table on Utah in a best-of-five series in 1989. No team in NBA history has
come back and won a seven-game series down 0-3.

Game 5, if necessary, will be back at Oracle Arena Tuesday night.