Golden State Warriors get 60th win of season, beat Pelicans 125-107

By Dave Del Grande, The Sports Xchange  |  March 15, 2016 at 7:03 AM
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors' center Andrew Bogut ignited a third-quarter runaway with a 3-pointer at one end and a blocked shot at the other, sending the Golden State Warriors on the way to their 60th win of the season, a 125-107 thumping of the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

The Warriors' league-record 49th consecutive home victory spanning two seasons also was the 17th in their past 18 meetings with New Orleans, which was Golden State's first playoff victim en route to the NBA championship last year.

The Warriors, who went 67-15 last season, improved to 60-6 -- the fastest team in NBA history to reach 60 victories. They became the first team since the 2007-09 Boston Celtics to record 60 wins in consecutive seasons.

The Pelicans (24-42) lost for the eighth time in nine games. However, they hung within 50-48 into the 10th minute of the second quarter before the Warriors, getting hoops from four players, used a late 9-2 burst to open a 59-50 halftime advantage.

The second half was never closer.

Bogut's 3-pointer, his first since March 8, 2013, came in desperation from 24 feet as the 24-second clock was winding down. The 7-footer had been 1-for-22 in his career shooting threes until making the past two.

The 3-pointer put Golden State up 70-55 and was followed almost immediately by a block on Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham's three-footer in the lane.

The back-to-back crowd-pleasers triggered a 13-0, game-breaking run, one that included additional 3-pointers from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Interestingly, the Warriors uncharacteristically had made just three 3-pointers before Bogut stunned the Pelicans with his perimeter shot. Golden State went on to finish 12-for-25 (48 percent) from 3-point range.

Warriors star Stephen Curry celebrated his 28th birthday with a game-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers. He had scored 40 and 53 points in Golden State's first two meetings with the Pelicans this season.

Curry's only 3-pointer of the first half gave him and backcourt partner Thompson 526 for the season, allowing them to break their previous NBA record set last year.

Thompson finished with two 3-pointers and 18 points in all.

Green recorded a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Warriors, who have won four in a row to open a six-game homestand.

Bogut totaled just five points in 15 minutes.

The Warriors shot 58 percent from the field and held New Orleans to 37.6 percent.

All-Star Anthony Davis struggled through a 6-for-20 shooting night, but he managed 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans, who have lost three straight at the start of a four-game trip.

Davis was harassed into 4-for-20 shooting when New Orleans opened the season against the Warriors on Oct. 27.

Guard Toney Douglas matched Davis' 22-point total and added a game-high eight assists for the Pelicans, while reserve forward Ryan Anderson had 19 points.

NOTES: Before the game, the NBA announced Warriors PG Stephen Curry won his fifth Western Conference Player of the Week award of the season, this one for the seven-day period ending Sunday. Curry averaged 30.5 points in four consecutive Warriors wins. ... Curry played an NBA game for the fourth time on his birthday. The Warriors lost two of the first three. ... Asked before the game if he still follows college basketball closely, Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted, "We'll have a tournament pool on our team. But don't tell anyone -- it's probably illegal." ... Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, a Warriors assistant last season, entered the game with a 19-11 record against Golden State as a head coach. Many of those wins came while he and Kerr, then an executive, worked together for the Phoenix Suns.

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