Stephen Curry scored 39 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 109-98 victory at New Orleans — and a sweep of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
NEW ORLEANS – Stephen Curry made six three-pointers during a 39-point night, and the Golden State Warriors cruised to 109-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, completing a sweep of their first-round playoff series.
Klay Thompson added 25 points for the Warriors, the NBA’s top overall seed, who will wait to host Game 1 of their second-round series against the winner of the Portland-Memphis matchup.
Draymond Green added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which raced to a 67-54 halftime lead and widened the gap to as many as 24 points in the second half before the desperate Pelicans briefly cut their deficit to single digits in the final minutes.
Anthony Davis had 36 points and 11 rebounds to close out what has been a remarkable third season for the Pelicans’ 22-year-old franchise player. He just didn’t have quite enough help
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Eric Gordon added 29 points for New Orleans.
Golden State made 13 of 24 from three-point range.
Curry was 6 of 8 from deep, while former Washington State standout Thompson was 4 of 7 and Green 3 of 6.
Bucks avoid elimination
MILWAUKEE – Jerryd Bayless cut right along the baseline, leaving defender Derrick Rose a couple of steps behind.
It was the sliver of an opening Bayless needed to put up a winning layup at the buzzer.
Bayless’ basket gave Milwaukee a rousing 92-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls, who have a 3-1 lead in the East first-round series.
“We thought we got better tonight. We found ourselves with a ‘W,’ ” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.
And they are still alive to play Game 5 on Monday in Chicago.
All thanks to a play coming off a timeout called by Kidd with 1.3 seconds left.
Bayless’ task was to cut along the baseline and hope to find an opening.
“I put that all on me,” Rose said of the loss. “I just wasn’t paying attention to the ball.”
Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 33 points for the Bulls.
NEW YORK – Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Thaddeus Young added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets beat Atlanta 91-83, cutting the Hawks’ lead to 2-1 in the East first-round series.
The Nets seized control with an 18-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters after the Hawks grabbed their first lead since the opening basket, then went on to beat the No. 1 East seed for the first time in seven meetings this season.
DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points and Paul Millsap had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawks.
PORTLAND – Marc Gasol scored 25 points and the Memphis Grizzlies took a 3-0 lead in their West series over the Trail Blazers by withstanding a late Portland rally for a 115-109 victory.
Courtney Lee had 20 points for Memphis and Mike Conley added 14 before leaving the game late in the third quarter with a facial injury.
Game 4 is Monday night in Portland.
Nicolas Batum scored 27 points for the Blazers.