Stephen Curry scored 16 points and registered 9 assists and 8 rebounds in a complete performance to lead the Golden State Warriors to a close victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, 102-101. The Warriors picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 25 assists and turning it over only 10 times. This snaps a 3-game losing streak for Golden State (9-6).
Curry went 7-20, including 2-5 from three-point range. He also recorded 3 steals. Golden State also got solid performances from Klay Thompson with 22 points and 8 assists, David Lee with 19 points and 7 rebounds, and Jermaine O'Neal with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the loss, Ryan Anderson scored 21 points off the bench for New Orleans on 8-17 shooting, including 3-6 from behind the arc. He also added 12 rebounds. Jrue Holiday contributed 17 points and 7 assists, Eric Gordon finished with 16 points and 7 assists, and Anthony Davis put up 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Flying in the face of the metrics, Golden State, ranked 28th in the NBA at avoiding mistakes (TO% of 17.3%), handled the ball well in this game. On the season, the defense of New Orleans forces the fifth-most turnovers in the league (16.8%).
New Orleans (6-8) has now dropped consecutive games after losing to San Antonio on Monday.
Coming up next, the Warriors square off with the Dallas Mavericks, who are 9-6 on the year. The Pelicans match up with the Philadelphia 76ers, currently 6-9 this season. The Pelicans have a 1-0 record against Philadelphia this season.
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