By: Alex Qiu
The Golden State Warriors opened their quest for the 2015 NBA championship against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday afternoon. With Golden State as one of the favorites to win the championship, the Pelicans, led by star Anthony Davis, look to pull an improbably upset in this best of seven series.
The opening quarter started off with both teams looking noticeably nervous, but then the Warriors started to roll. MVP candidate Stephen Curry had 11 points in the quarter as the Dubs’ stellar defense held the Pelicans to just 13 points in the period.
The Pelicans made a quick 8-0 run in the second led by Norris Cole with Curry resting on the bench. Unfortunately, the Pelicans lost a key player in Tyreke Evans who went down with a knee injury and did not return for the rest of the game. With Evans out, Klay Thompson kept the Warriors ahead with 6 straight points before Curry checked back in and the Warriors went on a run to balloon the lead up to 18 at halftime.
The Warriors continued to build upon their big lead in the third before the Pelicans showed a lot of fight, stringing together a run of their own between the end of the third and start of the fourth to make it a game. Anthony Davis started breaking out in the last quarter, scoring 20 points en route to a game high 35 points. The Warriors missed some crucial free throws in the last minutes to keep the Pelicans alive but made just enough to pull away and win 106-99. Curry played fantastically with 34 points on 4-13 threes, and Draymond Green played a great all around game with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Quincy Pondexter had a nice game to complement Davis with 20 points and three threes. For the Pelicans, they look to steal game 2 with their inexperienced but talented young team while Golden State doesn’t plan on going easy on New Orleans.
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)