SAN FRANCISCO — Jordan Poole scored 26 points, Stephen Curry had 19 and the Golden State Warriors routed the New Orleans Pelicans 126-85 connected Friday nighttime to amended to 7-1.
Gary Payton II added 17 points, and the Warriors broke it unfastened with a 34-point 3rd quarter. They’re disconnected to their champion commencement since opening 10-1 successful 2018-19.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 20 points for the Pelicans. They dropped to 1-9 arsenic they commencement the play without injured prima guardant Zion Williamson.
Though Poole continues to look arsenic a featured scorer alongside Curry, Warriors manager Steve Kerr is conscionable arsenic pleased with the accumulation from his bench. Golden State’s reserves outscored New Orleans’ 57-30.
“I thought New Orleans truly came retired successful that archetypal 4th playing hard and knocking down shots,” Kerr said. “The seat came successful and benignant of settled america down and got immoderate stops and got the crippled backmost (under control).”
Golden State has won 15 of its past 17 against New Orleans successful the Bay Area.
The Warriors led by arsenic galore arsenic 15 successful the archetypal half, but entered the intermission with conscionable a 54-50 lead. They opened things up with a 22-6 tally successful the third, a chunk of which came with Curry resting connected the bench, and took an 88-66 cushion into the fourth.
Payton, gaining a bigger relation successful the Warriors’ rotation, had 7 points successful the 3rd and a fistful of crowd-pleasing dunks connected the night.
“We’ve conscionable got to beryllium tougher,” Pelicans manager Willie Green said. “That’s a truly bully squad and they played similar it. They turned it up successful the 2nd half