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Warriors use big second quarter to pull away, rout Pelicans

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant and Draymond Green ignited a brilliant second quarter with their defense and all-out hustle plays, then Golden State got rolling in transition and Oracle Arena started rocking the way it does this time of year.

The defending champions are dominating again, and now Stephen Curry is ready to rejoin the mix and make them that much better.

Durant had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Green dazzled all over the floor with his fourth career postseason triple-double, and the Golden State Warriors thoroughly overmatched the New Orleans Pelicans for a 123-101 win in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals Saturday night.

Green finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks and just with his hustle and energy helped the defending champions pull away with a superb, decisive second quarter.

''If we can push the tempo and try to get stuff in transition that's big for us, so that was key and obviously that starts with stops,'' Green said.

Now, they likely get Curry back for Game 2 on Tuesday night and all that he brings - even if in a limited role initially.

Anthony Davis had 21points and 10 rebounds, scoring 10 in the first quarter before having a tougher time generating shots the rest of the way to finish 9 for 20. Jrue Holiday was held to 4-for-14 shooting and 11 points.

Golden State again played without two-time MVP Curry, who has been sidelined since March 23 with a sprained left knee. Coach Steve Kerr called it ''very likely'' Curry would play Game 2 in the best-of-seven series.

''We've adjusted to life without him. Hopefully he comes back Tuesday but we still have to have the same mindset if he isn't,'' Klay Thompson said. ''Even if he does come back, it's natural human emotion to be kind of relaxed because we have so much production coming back in our lineup but that's going to be a test for us just to put that away in our minds and just focus on the task at hand and not depend on Steph to save the day. He's done it plenty of times but we have a very deep team, playmakers all around.''

Thompson, who led Golden State with 27 points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half that made it 76-48. But New Orleans ended the second on a 7-0 run and Darius Miller's 73-foot heave at the halftime buzzer counted, getting the Pelicans within 76-55 at the break. They hit another buzzer-beater to end the third but by then it was way too late.

Rajon Rondo had nine points and dished out 11 assists for New Orleans.

''Well, that didn't go as planned ,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

Once Golden State got going in transition, the crowd became deafening and the Pelicans couldn't keep pace - with tempo being something the Warriors know is key this series.

''It was probably the loudest I've heard Oracle all year,'' Kerr said.

Davis, who averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in a first-round sweep of Portland, made 5 of 7 shots in the opening period. The weeklong layoff hurt, Gentry said.

Green has been brilliant on the boards as Golden State keeps taking its defense up a level, and the Warriors improved to 26-0 when he has a triple-double, 4-0 in the postseason. He had games of 19 and 18 rebounds in the final two matchups of a five-game series with San Antonio in the first round.

''The bottom line is he almost had a triple-double by halftime. That's not a good situation for us,'' Gentry said.

Nick Young started at forward for the Warriors while 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala remained in the starting lineup in place of Curry as Golden State won a franchise-record 13th straight postseason home game.

The Warriors swept the Pelicans in the only other playoff meeting between the franchises in the 2015 first round as Golden State went on to capture its first championship in 40 years.

HIGH-FLYING W'S

Golden State had its highest scoring postseason first half as well as second quarter. The 76 points topped 73 against Phoenix on May 4, 1994, while 41 in the second bested 40 scored against Utah on May 11, 2007.

Golden State shot 13 for 20 in the second, making four 3s and 11 of 14 free throws.

CURRY OUT

As usual, Curry insisted he ''feels great and he's ready to go,'' said Kerr, who is encouraged his superstar point guard feels so good.

''Just made the decision based on giving him the extra few days and the fact he only scrimmaged yesterday,'' Kerr said. ''You've been out five weeks and we're playing in the playoffs, I don't think one scrimmage is enough, even though he feels great, he wants to play and pleaded his case. ''

Curry returned to full practice with contact Thursday and only scrimmaged 5 on 5 for the first time Friday, and Kerr prefers that Curry get additional on-court time at full speed Sunday.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: The Pelicans' 126-120 win April 7 in Oakland snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Warriors. ''We approach the game as if everybody's washed their hands of everything that has happened,'' Gentry said. ... Gentry received a technical at the 8:43 mark of the first quarter. ... The Pelicans shot 7 for 23 in the second. ... New Orleans surrendered 110 or more points in the last 11 regular-season games against Golden State.

Warriors: Green topped Tom Gola's three playoff triple-doubles for most in franchise history. ... Young, who played 21 minutes, made a 3 on his first shot and another late in the game on his second attempt. ... Golden State has won 25 of the last 27 meetings overall vs. the Pelicans. ... Jay-Z and Beyonce sat courtside.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:37 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 2-0
11:19 +2 Kevin Durant made driving dunk, assist by Draymond Green 2-2
11:01 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Nikola Mirotic 4-2
10:44   Klay Thompson missed turnaround jump shot  
10:42   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
10:32   Rajon Rondo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:21 +2 Klay Thompson made turnaround jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 4-4
10:10   Jrue Holiday missed jump shot, blocked by Kevin Durant  
10:06   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:02   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
10:02 +1 Andre Iguodala made 1st of 2 free throws 4-5
10:02 +1 Andre Iguodala made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-6
9:56 +2 Rajon Rondo made layup 6-6
9:47   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
9:43   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
9:36 +2 E'Twaun Moore made layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 8-6
9:14 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Klay Thompson 8-8
9:07   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:03   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:00   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:56   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
8:53   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Draymond Green  
8:48 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 8-10
8:43   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:43 +1 Kevin Durant made free throw 8-11
8:37   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
8:32   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
8:28   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
8:23   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
8:12 +2 Rajon Rondo made jump shot 10-11
7:51   Klay Thompson missed finger-roll layup  
7:50   Draymond Green missed dunk  
7:50   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:45   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
7:44 +2 E'Twaun Moore made layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 12-11
7:31   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Anthony Davis  
7:27   Out of bounds turnover on Nikola Mirotic  
7:15 +3 Nick Young made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 12-14
6:59 +2 E'Twaun Moore made jump shot 14-14
6:36 +2 Kevin Durant made layup, assist by Draymond Green 14-16
6:17 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 16-16
5:55   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
5:56   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:56   Draymond Green missed dunk, blocked by Anthony Davis  
5:55   Offensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:55   Kevin Durant missed dunk  
5:54   Offensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:52   Kevin Durant missed dunk  
5:52   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:45 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 18-16
5:26   Klay Thompson missed turnaround jump shot  
5:25   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:25   Personal foul on Nick Young  
5:05   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
4:52   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
4:41 +3 E'Twaun Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 21-16
4:29   Personal foul on E'Twaun Moore  
4:21 +2 Klay Thompson made layup, assist by Draymond Green 21-18
4:21   Shooting foul on Solomon Hill  
4:21 +1 Klay Thompson made free throw 21-19
4:11 +2 Anthony Davis made driving layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 23-19
4:05 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 23-22
4:05   Shooting foul on Solomon Hill  
4:05   Kevin Durant missed free throw  
4:03   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
3:54   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
3:50   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
3:43   Klay Thompson missed layup  
3:41 +2 Draymond Green made floating jump shot 23-24
3:41   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:28   E'Twaun Moore missed jump shot, blocked by Draymond Green  
3:28   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:27   Personal foul on E'Twaun Moore  
3:27 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 23-25
3:27 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-26
3:18   Ian Clark missed jump shot  
3:14   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
3:02 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 23-28
2:52   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
2:52 +1 Jrue Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 24-28
2:52 +1 Jrue Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-28
2:39 +2 David West made layup, assist by Shaun Livingston 25-30
2:27 +2 Ian Clark made layup, assist by Darius Miller 27-30
2:18   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:16   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
2:04 +2 Kevon Looney made layup, assist by David West 27-32
1:52 +2 Solomon Hill made layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 29-32
1:35   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Durant  
1:23   Darius Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:21   Team rebound  
1:21   Personal foul on Ian Clark  
1:21   Team rebound  
1:21   Quinn Cook missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:21 +1 Quinn Cook made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-33
1:12   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:11   Team rebound  
0:56   Offensive foul on David West  
0:56   Offensive foul on David West  
0:48 +2 Jrue Holiday made jump shot 31-33
0:36   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
0:32   Offensive rebound by David West  
0:32 +2 David West made dunk 31-35
0:11 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Miller 34-35
0:01   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by David West 34-37
11:30   Darius Miller missed jump shot, blocked by David West  
11:27   Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
11:19   Shooting foul on Ian Clark  
11:19 +1 Shaun Livingston made 1st of 2 free throws 34-38
11:19 +1 Shaun Livingston made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-39
11:10   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
11:05 +2 Nikola Mirotic made finger-roll layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 36-39
10:56   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Nikola Mirotic  
10:51 +3 Darius Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 39-39
10:28   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Rajon Rondo  
10:23   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
10:21   Ian Clark missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:15   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:14   Shooting foul on Darius Miller  
10:14 +1 Quinn Cook made 1st of 2 free throws 39-40
10:14 +1 Quinn Cook made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-41
10:02   Rajon Rondo missed driving layup, blocked by Kevon Looney  
9:58   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:57 +2 Quinn Cook made layup, assist by Draymond Green 39-43
9:46   Bad pass turnover on Ian Clark, stolen by Kevon Looney  
9:42 +2 Shaun Livingston made driving dunk, assist by Draymond Green 39-45
9:19   Lost ball turnover on Nikola Mirotic, stolen by Draymond Green  
9:08 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Quinn Cook 39-47
8:45 +2 Rajon Rondo made finger-roll layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 41-47
8:31   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:27   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
8:22   Offensive foul on E'Twaun Moore  
8:22   Offensive foul on E'Twaun Moore  
8:00 +2 Shaun Livingston made reverse layup 41-49
8:00   Defensive goaltending violation  
7:51 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 44-49
7:29 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot 44-51
7:20 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 46-51
7:06   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
7:06 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 46-52
7:06 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-53
7:03   Out of bounds turnover on Rajon Rondo  
6:46 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot 46-55
6:34   Ian Clark missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:30   Offensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
6:29   Nikola Mirotic missed hook shot  
6:26   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
6:18   Personal foul on Nikola Mirotic  
6:14   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
6:08   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
6:03   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
5:59   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
5:53   Anthony Davis missed turnaround jump shot  
5:48   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:42 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Klay Thompson 46-58
5:27   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:23   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
5:09   Personal foul on Anthony Davis  
5:09   Kevon Looney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:09   Team rebound  
5:09   Kevon Looney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:02   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
5:01   Solomon Hill missed jump shot, blocked by Draymond Green  
4:55   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
4:54   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
4:54 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 46-59
4:54 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-60
4:41   Lost ball turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Draymond Green  
4:40   Personal foul on Ian Clark  
4:40 +1 Klay Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 46-61
4:40 +1 Klay Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-62
4:34   Kicked ball violation  
4:21   Anthony Davis missed fade-away jump shot  
4:16   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
4:02 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 46-65
3:52 +2 Rajon Rondo made jump shot 48-65
3:38 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 48-67
3:25   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
3:21   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:15 +2 Kevin Durant made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 48-69
2:54   Jrue Holiday missed jump shot  
2:49   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
2:35   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
2:13   Nikola Mirotic missed driving layup  
2:11   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
2:03   Personal foul on Ian Clark  
2:03   Team rebound  
2:03   Draymond Green missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:03 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-70
1:55   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
1:49   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
1:45   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:40   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
1:34   Nikola Mirotic missed jump shot  
1:32   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
1:25 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevon Looney 48-73
1:09   Jrue Holiday missed layup  
1:05   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
1:04   Anthony Davis missed layup, blocked by Kevin Durant  
1:01   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
0:50 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 48-76
0:41   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
0:41 +1 Nikola Mirotic made 1st of 2 free throws 49-76
0:41 +1 Nikola Mirotic made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-76
0:27   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
0:22   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
0:07   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
0:07 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 51-76
0:07 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-76
0:01   JaVale McGee missed hook shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
0:00 +3 Darius Miller made 3-pt. jump shot 55-76
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Anthony Davis  
11:42   Personal foul on Nick Young  
11:32   Jrue Holiday missed hook shot  
11:28   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
11:23   Draymond Green missed layup  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
11:09 +2 Anthony Davis made driving dunk, assist by Nikola Mirotic 57-76
10:47   Kevin Durant missed turnaround jump shot  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
10:37   Jrue Holiday missed layup, blocked by Klay Thompson  
10:37   Team rebound  
10:29   Anthony Davis missed floating jump shot  
10:22   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
10:22 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk 59-76
10:10   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Anthony Davis  
10:09   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:09 +2 Andre Iguodala made reverse layup, assist by Draymond Green 59-78
10:09   Shooting foul on E'Twaun Moore  
10:09   Andre Iguodala missed free throw  
10:07   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
10:02   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot, blocked by Klay Thompson  
9:59   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:59   Personal foul on Jrue Holiday  
9:52 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 59-80
9:37 +2 Jrue Holiday made floating jump shot 61-80
9:19   Personal foul on Nikola Mirotic  
9:12 +2