The New Orleans Pelicans were right there in Game 5, bombing away from 3-point land and fighting for their postseason lives in a one-possession game against the Golden State Warriors.
And then, the second half started.
After a slow offensive start to Game 5, followed by an alternately sluggish and sloppy second quarter, the Warriors — as they’ve done so many times — unleashed hell after halftime, opening the third quarter with a 25-4 blitz to completely overwhelm their visitors and effectively remove all doubt about the outcome before the start of the fourth. Even on cruise control for most of the final frame, and even with the Pelicans showing the heart of a team desperately trying to avoid a closeout, Golden State had built a big enough cushion to finish off a
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Stephen Curry still might not be all the way back; it still doesn’t look quite like he’s getting the separation he normally does off the dribble. But his shot still plays, as he went 10-for-16 from the field (3-for-6 from 3-point range), and his swagger sure as heck seemed unaffected …
… as he attacked for 13 of his team-high 28 points in the third quarter that buried New Orleans. Curry added eight assists, seven rebounds and a steal in his fourth game
And Draymond Green — Golden State’s best player in this series — was everywhere throughout, scoring 19 points, hauling in 14 rebounds (five on the offensive glass), dishing nine assists, snagging three steals and blocking two shots in 41 all-things-as-needed minutes.
Given the series Green had — sparring with
… but it fell, pushing the lead to nine with 1:40 to go, settling things down and helping push the Warriors over the finish line, and into the matchup we’ve been looking forward to for months.
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