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Warriors Defend Home Court - Beat Pelicans

The Golden State Warriors close a back-and-forth game resulting in their first 2-0 series lead in over two decades.

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Until tonight's 97-87 win, the Warriors hadn't taken a 2-0 series lead since the 1989 Western Conference First Round series against the Utah Jazz, which they swept 3-0.

Two games into their post season series against the New Orleans Pelicans, and amidst the barrage of hot shooting and equally lethargic play in stretches of the game too long for head coach Steve Kerr's comfort... It seems the Pelicans have gained a bit of confidence.

For the Warriors, the game didn't seem to begin until the second half. Quarters one and two had a similar energy to the fourth quarter of game one. Once again, the Warriors would depend on a fourth quarter run led by point god Stephen Curry to solidify their win. Klay Thompson ended the night with a 22 points, followed by Curry who contributed 22.

Pretty much a see-saw battle all night, however the play of reserves Marreese Speights and Leandro Barbosa aided in getting the Oracle crowd back into the game. Barbosa led the Warriors in scoring off the bench with 12 points, while Speights contributed valuable defensive minutes, slowing down Pelicans forward Anthony Davis enough for W's big men Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut to get a quick fourth quarter rest.

It wasn't until a 12-3 late game rally that the W's took control of the game and closed it out. Thompson scored 14 of the Warriors 26 fourth quarter points to solidify the win.

Game 3 will be held at the Smoothie King center in New Orleans, Thursday April 23, at 6:30 pm PST.

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