Curry scored eight in the quarter and added four in the second in 7:36 of action. Durant overcame slow start and wound up with 29 points. It's good to know that teammates got your back.
While NBA media and professional oddsmakers have already penciled the Golden State Warriors into the Western Conference Finals, New Orleans believes it can avoid a coronation on Tuesday night. He's going against Anthony Davis night after night and just doing an incredible job in concert with his teammates.
These include one secret weapon that is now not-so secret, a player that no team is equipped to contain, and a formula for winning that when accomplished, nearly always results in a Golden State Warriors win. Golden State led 17-4 and was in control most of the rest of the way. They do not want to go 0-8 for obvious reasons.
Durant scored 38 points while shooting 15-of-27 from the field and 2-of-5 from 3-point range, marking his 3rd 30-point game this postseason and 51st overall.
The Golden State Warriors can achieve a piece of history Tuesday when they look to close out the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. His minutes are increasing each game he plays, up to 31 in Game 4. Nikola Mirotic (one for seven, seven points) and Rajon Rondo (two of 10, six points, 11 rebounds, six assists) have to put together better showings if they hope to win and force a Game 6. While his 11 rebounds are impressive, the Pelicans need him for his scoring more than his ability to grab boards and he did not provide that on Sunday. Incidentally, he didn't have a single turnover. The Pelicans rank 21st in assists allowed per game (23.8).
Pelicans small forward E'Twaun Moore has been provided major minutes all season as a trustable role player who can stretch the floor with a strong outside shot plus serviceable play in a variety of areas.
In their last five games, New Orleans is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
With a 15th straight home playoff win, the Warriors would tie Chicago for an National Basketball Association record.
RAPTORS' PRESIDENT FINED The N.B.A. fined the Toronto Raptors' president, Masai Ujiri, $25,000 for walking onto the court at halftime of Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers to verbally confront officials for reversing a call. Unlike in the first three games, the Warriors shifted their focus on defense, which proved to be very effective against the Pelicans in Game 4. But with the Pelicans winning 119-100, they didn't have any complaints. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. You know, I don't hold back.