Durant, Thompson help Warriors withstand Davis, Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS -- Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Klay Thompson had 28 as the Golden State Warriors held off Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans 122-114 on Friday night in the Smoothie King Center.
The Warriors, who never lost consecutive games on their way to an NBA-record 73-9 record last season, avoided consecutive losses after starting this season with a 129-100 loss to San Antonio on Tuesday.
The Pelicans fell to 0-2 despite another virtuoso performance by Davis. He finished with 45 points, 17 rebounds and three assists after accomplishing an NBA-first with 50 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and seven steals in a season-opening 107-102 loss to Denver on Wednesday.
Durant, who finished with 17 rebounds, had his second double-double in as many games with Warriors, whom he joined as a free agent during the offseason, after finishing with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the opener.
Steph Curry scored 23 and Zaza Pachulia had 10, all in the first quarter, and 11 rebounds.
Davis had more support than he had in the opener, when just two teammates scored in double figures, as Tim Frazier scored 21 and Lance Stephenson and Dante Cunningham had 15 each.
Golden State led 59-50 at halftime, but Frazier scored 11 points as New Orleans took a 74-73 lead midway through the third quarter.
Frazier went to the bench after committing his fourth foul during Curry's streak of eight straight points. Curry scored 13 in the quarter and the Warriors led 92-81 after the period.
Golden State led by 16 on three occasions in the fourth before a 3-point play by Stephenson and a 3-pointer by Cunningham helped the Pelicans get within eight with 4:28 left.
Thompson made a 3-pointer before Davis scored 11 straight Pelicans points to get them within six with less than a minute to play. Davis tried to cut further into the lead, but Durant swatted away his jumper, grabbed the loose ball and drove in for a layup and a 118-110 lead with 39 seconds left.
Davis scored all 10 of his first-quarter points during the first nine minutes and Durant scored all nine of his in the final three minutes as the Warriors took a 32-22 lead after one quarter.
Curry sat out the final 3:30 of the half after committing his third foul and New Orleans got within 59-50 at halftime when Davis made a baseline jumper with two seconds left in the second quarter.
NOTES: The Pelicans played without two starters -- G Jrue Holiday (personal) and G/F Tyreke Evans (knee) -- and one key reserve -- G/F Quincy Pondexter (knee), all of whom are out indefinitely. ... C Damian Jones (pectoral surgery), the Warriors rookie No. 1 draft choice from Vanderbilt, also was sidelined. ... In his first season as New Orleans head coach last season, Alvin Gentry, a Warriors assistant under Steve Kerr in 2014-15, lost all three games against his former team, the third time in the last four season that Golden State has swept the series. ... Warriors F David West was selected by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the 2003 draft and played eight seasons with the franchise.