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Warriors falter late in loss to Pelicans

New Orleans went on on a 27-13 run to close out the game.

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The Golden State Warriors’ final road game of the season was a disappointment. Despite 37 points from Stephen Curry and 26 from Andrew Wiggins, the Dubs were beaten 108-103 by the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Warriors led 90-81 with 8:29 left, but it was all Pelicans from there. New Orleans went on a 27-13 run to close things out and stayed alive in the race for a play-in position. Curry struggled late in this one as well, connecting on just one out of his final 12 field goal attempts.

Head coach Steve Kerr tried changing things up with his rotations, but he couldn’t find much offense behind Curry and Wiggins. The rest of the Dubs shot a combined 16-for-42 from the field and couldn’t find any consistency throughout the game.

“I thought we were tired. I thought both teams were tired, back to back obviously. I’m really proud of the guys, they battled the entire way,” Kerr said following the loss. “Clearly we were tired in the 4th. Give New Orleans credit, they made the plays that they had to to win.”

It was a high-scoring first quarter that saw both teams combine for 12 3-pointers. Curry was on fire over the opening 12 minutes. He shot four-for-seven from beyond the arc and had 17 points, helping the Dubs take a 34-32 lead going into the second.

It remained close in the second quarter, although the pace slowed down a bit. Curry scored seven points once he got back on the court and had 24 points at the half as the Warriors took a 57-56 lead into the break.

Golden State began to pull away in the third quarter. Curry and Wiggings continued to set the tone on the offensive end, and the Dubs went on a 15-7 run over the first 5:15 to extend their lead to nine. But the Pelicans fought back and cut the deficit to four going into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors went 2-2 on their final road trip of the season and are three games up on New Orleans for a play-in position. Golden State will finish its regular season schedule with a six-game homestand and will look to finish either seventh or eighth in the Western Conference standings.

The Dubs will host the lowly Oklahoma City Thunder for a pair of games which should enable them to stay in the hunt for a top-eight finish. If they finished seventh or eighth, they would only need to win one game to guarantee themselves a spot in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

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