Golden State Warriors fans had a lot to cheer about on Saturday, April 18. Stephen Curry led the Warriors past the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series. Curry scored 34 points, hitting on 13-of-25 shots, and at times completely took over the game himself. The 106-99 final was only that close due to a late comeback attempt by the Pelicans in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead in Game 1, holding a 28-13 advantage when the first quarter came to an end. They had out-scored the Pelicans 59-41 by halftime, and it looked like the Warriors were clearly well-prepared for the 2015 NBA Playoffs. In every aspect of the game, it looked exactly like a No. 1 seed was hosting a No. 8 seed, and that the teams weren’t very evenly matched.
All five starting players scored in double-figures for the Warriors, with Klay Thompson adding 21 points as the other starting guard. The combination of Thompson and Curry accounted for 55 of the 106 points the Warriors scored in Game 1, possibly setting the stage for the “Splash Brothers” to start etching out a place in NBA history for themselves. If this game was any indication of how the rest of the series is going to play out, the Warriors might be on the way to a sweep of the Pelicans.
For the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis sure made an impression in his first ever playoff game. He scored 35 points by going 13-of-23 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Davis also had seven rebounds and four blocked shots to show how important he was on both ends of the court. It’s something positive for Pelicans fans to see, especially if they can put more weapons around him in the coming seasons.
A report from Sports Illustrated relayed comments from Stephen Curry following the Game 1 victory. Curry talked about how the Pelicans started drawing closer in the fourth quarter, and the importance the crowd for the Warriors played in that portion of the game.
“I was locked in and focused the whole night. In those situations, you want to get the crowd back into it. There’s a weird kind of tension, especially in the second half when they made a couple runs. But in the playoffs, you have to expect anything. And whenever you’re on the floor, just try to make an impact.”
As revealed on the Inquisitr, Game 2 of the Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans series takes place on Monday, April 20. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and TNT will be providing the live television coverage.
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