Warriors hold off Hornets

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Updated: November 27, 2013

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) – Eric Gordon’s potential game-winning 3-
point try rimmed out at the buzzer as the Golden State Warriors survived the
New Orleans Pelicans, 102-101, at New Orleans Arena.

The outcome was fittingly decided in the closing seconds after neither team
led by more than six points in the final frame.

All five Warriors starters scored in double figures to snap a three-game
slide, led by Klay Thompson’s 22-point, eight-assist effort. David Lee added
18 points and seven rebounds, Jermaine O’Neal chipped in with 18 and eight and
Stephen Curry handed out a game-high nine assists to go with 16 points.

“These games are character builders for us because we’re trying to do
something special. And not every game is going to be easy for us,” O’Neal
said.

Ryan Anderson paced the Pelicans with team highs of 21 points and 12 boards,
but the club dropped its second game in as many nights.

Jrue Holiday and Gordon netted 17 and 16 points, respectively, and the
backcourt duo each had seven assists in the setback.

Holiday and Gordon were involved in the defining last play, with Holiday
driving the lane and finding Gordon in the left corner for an open look. The
ball looked to be halfway in the hoop before rolling around and out, and
Thompson secured the rebound to seal the win.

“You can’t get a more open look than that at the end of the game,” Pelicans
head coach Monty Williams said. “Eric made the shot the other night and
tonight he missed it. It’s a cruel game.”

O’Neal was a game-time decision with a bruised right knee and a groin strain,
but appeared perfectly healthy in crunch time.

The veteran forward broke a 93-93 tie with a turnaround jumper and answered a
three-point play from Anthony Davis with another tough bucket inside for a
102-99 Warriors lead with 2:12 to play, which wound up being Golden State’s
final bucket.

Davis’ powerful putback slam of a Tyreke Evans miss made it a one-point game
again in the final minute, and Anderson forced O’Neal into a miss prior to the
final possession.

New Orleans was held scoreless over the final 3 1/2 minutes of the opening
quarter, and the Warriors’ subsequent 11-0 run gave them a 28-18 cushion.

Both teams made at least half of their shots in a fast-paced second quarter.
Golden State’s lead reached as high as 15 and stood at 57-49 at the break.

The Pelicans held the high-scoring Warriors to 19 points in the third and took
a 77-76 lead into the fourth.

Game Notes

The Warriors were without forward Andre Iguodala (hamstring) and center Andrew
Bogut (suspension) … Harrison Barnes started in place of Iguodala and netted
14 points … Davis totaled 14 points and 11 rebounds … The Warriors won all
four meetings vs. New Orleans last season.