The Golden State Warriors fell on the road to the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-100. Both teams were missing several integral names on the marquee due to injury, but the game was entertaining down the stretch.
Warriors’ rookie Eric Paschall battled his way to 30 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort. J.J. Redick led the Pelicans with 26 points with six made three-pointers.
Ky Bowman also showed some very encouraging fire and hustle for the Dubs, scoring 19 points off of the bench.
The Pelicans came out hurling three-pointers like lightning bolts, nailing 12-of-their 29 attempts from beyond the arc. Redick, a survivor of the collapse of “Lob City”, was lighting up the Dubs early with 17 points with 5 made triples.
Paschall was more than eager to return fire though, scoring 16 points with two made three-pointers of his own. His physicality had a clear effect on defenders early on, as he rammed his way to the free throw line, converting 6-of-8 from the charity stripe by halftime. Defenders began to give him space in anticipation of his strong attacks off of the bounce, allowing him to knock down some jumpers.
The story of the half was the disparity in team shooting from long distance. The Warriors were a paltry 4-of-13 from three-point range at intermission. New Orleans got up by double-digits early and tried to blow the game open, but the Warriors managed claw into striking distance by halftime.
Just like that, Warriors use a 13-2 run to cut their deficit to 52-49.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) November 18, 2019
Gotta say, I’ve been a huge Jaxson Hayes fan since he caught that body at Summer League. He’s got a freakish athleticism that lends itself well to crazy highlights.
Jaxson Hayes sent this shot into the stands pic.twitter.com/CmbYbb1ZRX— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 18, 2019
Pelicans 55, Warriors 49
The Dubs cranked up the defensive intensity in the third quarter, headed by the Golden State rookie Bowman suddenly turning Pelicans’ primary ballhandler Jrue Holiday into a prisoner on lockdown in Alcatraz.
Kerr has been limiting Ky's and Omari's minutes to protect the tank. There is no other explanation.— r/Warriors (@GSWReddit) November 18, 2019
Marquese Chriss then decided he wanted to catch a body.
But the Pelicans weren’t rattled, and proceeded to stretch their lead to as much as 17 behind solid defense on the Dubs. The Warriors fought back and brought the deficit to 99-94 with 1:20 left. Next, Redick hit a triple, but Paschall answered back with a tough layup to force the Pelicans into a timeout with 1:07 left and the six point lead.
The Dubs would get no closer, with the Pelicans bleeding the game out for the final score.
Golden State didn’t lose from a lack of effort, but they gave up way too many decent looks at three-pointers, and in today’s NBA that usually means death. New Orleans hit 18 triples to the Warriors’ 7.
An unfortunate but very apparent takeaway is that Warriors’ rookie Jordan Poole is struggling so far in scoring the basketball.
Jordan Poole’s struggles deepening in New Orleans. He’s 0-of-6 tonight. Draymond Green, who is lockered next to him and regularly in his ear, getting on him a bit during the last timeout. pic.twitter.com/fOx1d0hYC4— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 18, 2019
Poole shot 0-of-7 in 23 minutes off of the bench, although he did snag 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Still, he needs to keep shooting because...that’s what shooters do!
The Warriors fell to 2-12 on the season, and will have a shot a win number three Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.