New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors with 38 points, nine rebounds, and five assists on 15-of-27 shooting, while Stephen Curry added 23 points in a 118-92 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center – to take a 3-1 Series lead.
In 36 minutes on the court, Durant shot 55.6 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc
The Warriors ended the first quarter with a 15-point lead. The Pelicans managed to fight back in the second quarter, but their effort was not enough to grab the lead or even tie the game at the end of the first half. In the following quarters, the Warriors once again exploded on the offensive ends of the floor, while the Pelicans struggled to regain their rhythm.
They hit six of their first eight shots, with Durant making his first three.
Thompson and Curry each added early 3s. That, and solid defense that included Green’s block of Rondo’s layup, helped Golden State open a 10-point lead in the first four minutes.
Klay Thompson added 13 and Quinn Cook, who was a Pelicans reserve earlier this season, contributed 12 points.
Draymond Green had eight points, nine rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocks. With his fourth rebound, Green became the third player in Warriors history to reach 800 playoff rebounds. Wilt Chamberlain (922) and Nate Thurmond (896) are the only others
For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis, was held to only 26 points and 12 rebounds on 36.4 percent shooting from the field, and was 0-of-4 from beyond the arc.
E’Twaun Moore scored 20 and Jrue Holiday 19, but New Orleans reserves combined for just 14 points after scoring 32 two nights earlier. Rajon Rondo finished with 11 rebounds but had only six assists after racking up 21 in Game 3. The Pelicans also committed 19 turnovers, which led 21 Warriors points.
The Pelicans hit only 36 percent (32 of 88) of their shots, missing 22 of 26 3-point attempts.
Nikola Mirotic and Rajon Rondo only contributed seven and six points, respectively.
The Pelicans missed eight of their first 10 shots and trailed 20-6 after Green made Golden State’s fourth 3.
The Pelicans slowly ground their deficit down to seven by halftime — only to botch the opening of the third quarter.
Rondo’s bounce pass handcuffed Davis as he cut to the hoop for what looked like a thunderous dunk in the making. Moments later, Green fired a cross-court pass to Durant for a one-handed jam.
Andre Iguodala and Curry followed with 3s, and in two minutes, the Warriors’ lead ballooned to 15.
Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Warriors and the Pelicans will be on Tuesday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.