Jordan Poole scores 26 points, Warriors rout Pelicans 126-85

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jordan Poole scored 26 points, Stephen Curry had 19 and the Golden State Warriors routed the New Orleans Pelicans 126-85 on Friday night to enhance to 7-1.

Gary Payton II included 17 points, and the Warriors broke it open with a 34-point 3rd quarter. They’re off to their finest start because opening 10-1 in 2018-19.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 20 points for the Pelicans. They dropped to 1-9 as they begin the season without hurt star forward Zion Williamson.

Though Poole continues to become a highlighted scorer together with Curry, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is simply as delighted with the production from his bench. Golden State’s reserves outscored New Orleans’ 57-30.

”I believed New Orleans actually came out because very first quarter playing difficult and tearing down shots,” Kerr stated. ”The bench was available in and type of settled us down and got some stops and got the video game back (under control).”

Golden State has actually won 15 of its previous 17 versus New Orleans in the Bay Location.

The Warriors led by as lots of as 15 in the very first half, however got in the intermission with simply a 54-50 lead. They opened things up with a 22-6 run in the 3rd, a piece of which came with Curry resting on the bench, and took an 88-66 cushion into the 4th.

Payton, getting a larger function in the Warriors’ rotation, had 7 points in the 3rd and a handful of crowd-pleasing dunks on the night.

”We have actually simply got to be harder,” Pelicans coach Willie Green stated. ”That’s an actually excellent group and they played like it. They turned it up in the 2nd half.”

GETTING DEFENSIVE

Though the Warriors’ 126 points were a season high, their defense continues to play simply as huge a function in their early success.

They held New Orleans to 35.6% shooting Friday. Golden State now has actually held its last 3 challengers to less than 100 points and less than 40% shooting from the flooring.

EMPHASIZE REEL

The Pelicans did have a couple of standout minutes in the unsightly loss. One was available in the 2nd quarter, when Trey Murphy III declined Poole’s layup effort after Poole made a fancy crossover relocation and drive to the basket that drew a huge response from the sellout crowd.

BACK IN THE AREA

Green served on Kerr’s personnel for 3 seasons, consisting of 2 champion runs in 2017 and 2018.

Green stated the 2 correspond routinely. That knowledge most likely is available in helpful as Green withstands a hard start to his very first season as an NBA head coach.

”I discovered to be poised (from Kerr),” Green stated. ”How essential it is to constantly take in the human element when dealing with gamers. Steve has a terrific method about him.”

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Forward Brandon Ingram (hip contusion) missed his 4th successive video game. New Orleans likewise lacked Herbert Jones (concussion), a 6-foot-7 novice who’s been a flexible protector up until now.

Warriors: Kerr stated he’ll continue exploring with how he expands Curry’s minutes. Curry generally has actually begun the 2nd quarter on the bench, however Wednesday versus Charlotte, he got a quick rest in the very first quarter and began the 2nd on the flooring surrounded by reserves. ”It was a possibility for us to see him leading the 2nd system, which was really intriguing,” Kerr stated. Kerr’s objective is to top Curry at 33 or 34 minutes a video game to keep him fresh. . Andre Iguodala had 10 helps off the bench Friday, the very first time in franchise history a gamer has actually come off the bench to dish double-digit helps in less than 18 minutes.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At Dallas on Monday night.

Warriors: Host Houston on Sunday night.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.