Curry sinks record 13 3-pointers as Warriors top Pelicans
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry rebounded from his first game without a 3-pointer in almost two years by sinking an NBA-record 13 from beyond the arc during a 46-point performance Monday night, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 116-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Curry, who misfired on all 10 of his 3-point attempts Friday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, had three 3-pointers in a 27-5 second-quarter burst that allowed Golden State to seemingly take command after it trailed 35-34 five minutes into the period.
Curry (11), Kevin Durant (nine) and Klay Thompson (seven) did all the Warriors' scoring in their runaway, which produced a 61-40 lead with two minutes remaining in the half.
Golden State led by 14 at the half, but New Orleans (0-7) rallied into 73-72 lead in the eighth minute of the third quarter. Anthony Davis had nine points in the Pelicans' 24-9 surge to start the second half.
However, Curry buried his ninth and 10th treys of the night before quarter's end, helping the Warriors regain an 84-78 advantage.
Even though the Pelicans got as close as two early in the final period, Golden State edged away with the aid of Draymond Green, who completed a 12-rebound, 11-assist double-double. He scored four points.
Fittingly, it was Curry who provided the late cushion for the Warriors, burying an 11th, 12th and record-setting 13th 3-pointer on consecutive possessions that turned a five-point game into a 109-97 advantage with just 2:23 to play.
Curry, who had a 157-game stretch with at least one 3-pointer snapped by the Lakers, finished 13 of 17 from beyond the arc, breaking the record of 12 3-pointers that was set by Kobe Bryant in 2003 and tied by Donyell Marshall two years later.
The 40-plus-point effort was the 23rd of Curry's career.
Thompson finished with 24 points on 11-of-20 shooting and Durant added 22 points for the Warriors, who improved to 5-2 with their second win of the season over the Pelicans.
Golden State continued a trend in which it has won every game when shooting well from behind the 3-point arc.
The Warriors went 16-for-35 (45.7 percent) from long distance, improving to 5-0 in games in which they made at least 32 percent of their 3-pointers.
They haven't had as much as 22 percent accuracy on threes in either of their two losses.
Davis led the Pelicans with 33 points and 13 rebounds, hitting 11 of his 18 shots and 10 of his 13 free throws.
Guards E'Twaun Moore (15 points) and Tim Frazier (13) also scored in double figures for New Orleans, which lost despite shooting 48.8 percent from the field.
The Warriors made half of their 90 field-goal attempts.
NOTES: The Pelicans signed SG Archie Goodwin on Monday to fill the roster opening created when they waived SG Lance Stephenson, but he didn't play against Golden State. ... Asked about the Warriors' early-season "problems" before the game, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry noted: "We should all be so lucky to think that there is something wrong with a team that's 4-2 and that is going to win a ton of games." ... The game was played on the 70th anniversary of the first game in Warriors franchise history -- an 81-75 victory by the Philadelphia Warriors over the Pittsburgh Ironmen. ... Al Attles, who coached the Golden State Warriors to their 1975 championship, celebrated his 80th birthday Monday.