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Stephen Curry returns to score 28, Warriors beat Pelicans

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Long before tipoff, Stephen Curry swished his routine tunnel shot on the second try. Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous energy and anticipation.

Then - mouthpiece dangling, of course - Curry finally entered at the 4:20 mark of the first quarter to a roaring ovation from the Oracle Arena crowd and immediately got to work. He knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing 11 seconds later and was off and running in Golden State's 121-116 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

''It was an eternity it felt like, for sure,'' Curry said. ''When the lights come back on after the starting lineups you're usually in the go kind of mind frame. I had to kind of pace myself and be patient with it. It seemed like it took forever but it was a good feeling to get back out on the floor and just let loose and have fun.''

Curry came off the bench to score 28 points in a triumphant return from a knee injury and nearly six weeks off, and the Warriors held off Anthony Davis and the pesky Pelicans to go ahead 2-0 in the Western Conference semifinals.

All is right with the Warriors again now that No. 30 is back on the floor - even as a backup.

''It brought a lot of life to the building, a lot of life to our team's spirit. Pretty fitting for sure,'' Draymond Green said of Curry's immediate 3.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points with a huge 3-pointer with 3:10 to play, to go with seven assists and six rebounds in Golden State's franchise-record 14th consecutive postseason victory at Oracle Arena. Green contributed 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds while battling Davis on both ends all night.

Davis finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday had 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Pelicans, who also got 22 points and 12 assists from Rajon Rondo.

''It was tough,'' Davis said. ''We were in it the whole game.''

Andre Iguodala converted a snazzy three-point play with 6:41 left when he flipped the ball up and it came back down and through the net as he was fouled by Rondo, then Golden State pulled away.

The best-of-seven series resumes with Game 3 on Friday at New Orleans.

Curry shot 8 for 15 with five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes. He let it fly for a 30-foot 3 in the closing minute of the third.

''He's going to score,'' New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.

The Warriors were focused on keeping their edge after a blowout Game 1 win.

Just the energy Curry brings helped that cause.

The whole place came alive when he made his first appearance on the floor.

''That was a special moment when Steph checked into the game,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Curry had been sidelined since spraining his left knee March 23, the same day he came back from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury.

He already had a history of brilliant returns from injuries.

In late December against Memphis, Curry came back after being sidelined 11 games with a sprained right ankle to score 38 points with 10 3-pointers.

Curry returned for Game 4 of the Warriors' five-game Western Conference semifinals against Portland two years ago and made 16 of 32 shots with five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in overtime on the way to 40 in a 132-125 victory. He grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists.

The game had its testy moments.

Curry made a bounce pass in transition to Iguodala late in the third and Solomon Hill was hit with a flagrant 1 for grabbing Iguodala's neck area as he shot. That came 14 seconds after a double-technical against Davis and Green after they got tangled and rolled around and over each other.

''I live for playoff basketball. It's the most fun time of the year for me,'' Green said.

Klay Thompson never found his groove and went 4 for 20, 2 of 11 on 3s, and scored 10 points. Iguodala scored 15.

Green drove coast to coast for a three-point play 2:08 before halftime, then Thompson banked in a 3 at the halftime buzzer for a 58-55 Warriors edge at intermission.

Even a balanced Pelicans attack - they took 105 shots - with all five starters scoring in double figures wasn't enough to stop the explosive defending champions.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Nikola Mirotic fouled out with 2:43 left after scoring 18 points. ... The Pelicans scored 38 points in the paint the first two quarters. ... New Orleans went 13 for 37 from deep, 4 of 20 in the first half.

Warriors: Curry came off the bench for just the second time in 76 career playoff games. ... Nick Young started a second straight game. ... Golden State has won 26 of the last 28 meetings overall vs. the Pelicans. ... Home run king Barry Bonds sat courtside and congratulated Curry afterward.

REBOUNDING GREEN

Green had games of 19, 18 and 15 rebounds the previous three games and a triple-double in Game 1 - then was one board shy of another.

''He's been saving himself for the playoffs,'' Kerr said.

QUOTEABLE

''It was a lot more fun when I was over there,'' Gentry joked of preparing for the Warriors, referring to his time as Golden State's top assistant during the franchise's 2014-15 championship season.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:33   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Jrue Holiday  
11:27 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk, assist by Rajon Rondo 2-0
11:05   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
10:58   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
10:51   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:42 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 2-2
10:35   Jrue Holiday missed jump shot, blocked by Kevin Durant  
10:31   Defensive rebound by Nick Young  
10:29 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nick Young 2-5
10:21 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 5-5
10:06   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
9:52   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:49   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:46   Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
9:36   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:29   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
9:28   Bad pass turnover on Andre Iguodala, stolen by Anthony Davis  
9:25   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
9:20   Double dribble turnover on Draymond Green  
9:12   Kicked ball violation  
9:03 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 7-5
8:52   Shooting foul on Nikola Mirotic  
8:52   Team rebound  
8:52   Draymond Green missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:52 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-6
8:35   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
8:34   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
8:26   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
8:20 +2 Rajon Rondo made layup 9-6
8:05   Traveling violation turnover on Nick Young  
7:56   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
7:38   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:34   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
7:17   Anthony Davis missed hook shot  
7:17   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
7:11   Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:09   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
6:56 +2 Jrue Holiday made jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 11-6
6:33 +2 Klay Thompson made floating jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 11-8
6:25 +3 E'Twaun Moore made 3-pt. jump shot 14-8
6:10 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 14-11
6:04   Shooting foul on Nick Young  
6:04 +1 Rajon Rondo made 1st of 2 free throws 15-11
6:04 +1 Rajon Rondo made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-11
5:50   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:42   Rajon Rondo missed layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
5:36   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
5:30   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
5:25   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:23   Jrue Holiday missed jump shot  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:12   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
5:08   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
5:05   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:02   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:02   Personal foul on Rajon Rondo  
4:52   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
4:49   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
4:43   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
4:37   E'Twaun Moore missed turnaround jump shot  
4:33   Offensive rebound by Solomon Hill  
4:22   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:20   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
4:20 +2 Anthony Davis made layup 18-11
4:20   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
4:20 +1 Nikola Mirotic made free throw 19-11
4:09 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 19-14
4:00 +2 Jrue Holiday made hook shot, assist by Solomon Hill 21-14
3:45 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 21-16
3:33   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:31   Team rebound  
3:29   Ian Clark missed jump shot, blocked by David West  
3:27   Defensive rebound by David West  
3:22   Stephen Curry missed jump shot, blocked by Anthony Davis  
3:18   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
3:15   Jrue Holiday missed layup  
3:10   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:10 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk 23-16
3:01 +2 Stephen Curry made layup, assist by Shaun Livingston 23-18
2:49 +2 Darius Miller made jump shot, assist by Solomon Hill 25-18
2:39   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
2:38   Team rebound  
2:38   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
2:21 +2 Solomon Hill made jump shot, assist by Darius Miller 27-18
2:05 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 27-20
1:51 +2 Jrue Holiday made reverse layup 29-20
1:40 +2 Shaun Livingston made turnaround jump shot 29-22
1:29   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:27   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
1:18 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 29-25
1:06   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:03   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
0:58   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:56   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
0:51   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:45   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
0:45   Kicked ball violation  
0:34 +2 Kevon Looney made layup, assist by David West 29-27
0:30   Darius Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:29   Defensive rebound by David West  
0:10   Shaun Livingston missed layup  
0:09   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:06   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:05   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
0:00   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46 +2 Ian Clark made layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 31-27
11:29 +2 David West made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 31-29
11:11   Solomon Hill missed fade-away jump shot  
11:07   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
11:05   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:59   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
10:53 +2 Nikola Mirotic made layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 33-29
10:38 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 33-32
10:24   Darius Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by David West  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
10:09 +2 Stephen Curry made layup, assist by David West 33-34
10:01 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nikola Mirotic 36-34
9:47   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
9:36 +2 Nikola Mirotic made layup, assist by Solomon Hill 38-34
9:24 +2 Stephen Curry made jump shot, assist by David West 38-36
9:01   Nikola Mirotic missed fade-away jump shot  
8:56   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
8:46   Bad pass turnover on Shaun Livingston, stolen by Darius Miller  
8:45   Personal foul on Shaun Livingston  
8:29   Bad pass turnover on Darius Miller, stolen by Draymond Green  
8:24 +2 Shaun Livingston made dunk, assist by Klay Thompson 38-38
8:12   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
8:09   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
8:06   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:01   Offensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
7:58 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 38-40
7:46   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
7:32   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:28   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
7:11   Lost ball turnover on Klay Thompson, stolen by Nikola Mirotic  
7:07   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:01   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
6:54   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:52   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
6:44 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Andre Iguodala 38-42
6:29   Nikola Mirotic missed jump shot  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
6:14   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
6:10   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
5:57 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 40-42
5:43   Kicked ball violation  
5:38   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:34   Defensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
5:16 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot 42-42
5:00   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:55   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
4:41 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 44-42
4:20 +2 Kevin Durant made turnaround jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 44-44
4:11 +2 Jrue Holiday made running Jump Shot 46-44
4:00 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 46-46
3:50 +2 E'Twaun Moore made finger-roll layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 48-46
3:37   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
3:32   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
3:28   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
3:28   Team rebound  
3:28   Nikola Mirotic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:28   Nikola Mirotic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:26   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
3:13   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:09   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:03   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Kevon Looney  
2:52   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:50   Team rebound  
2:36 +2 Jrue Holiday made finger-roll layup 50-46
2:23 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 50-48
2:13   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:08   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:08 +2 Draymond Green made layup 50-50
2:08   Shooting foul on Nikola Mirotic  
2:08 +1 Draymond Green made free throw 50-51
2:05   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
1:58   E'Twaun Moore missed jump shot  
1:54   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
1:54 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk 52-51
1:41 +2 Draymond Green made driving dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 52-53
1:27   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
1:24   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
1:19   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Anthony Davis  
1:14 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 55-53
0:57   Andre Iguodala missed jump shot, blocked by Anthony Davis  
0:52   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
0:47   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:42   Offensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
0:42   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Stephen Curry  
0:35   Personal foul on Rajon Rondo  
0:31 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 55-55
0:16   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
0:03   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:02   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:00 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 55-58
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:35   Nikola Mirotic missed jump shot, blocked by Andre Iguodala  
11:35   Team rebound  
11:36   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
11:20   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
11:08   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:04   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
11:01 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Andre Iguodala 55-60
10:41   Anthony Davis missed layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
10:36 +3 Nick Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 55-63
10:19   Jrue Holiday missed jump shot, blocked by Kevin Durant  
10:16   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
10:15 +3 E'Twaun Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 58-63
9:51   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:47   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
9:39   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
9:32   Anthony Davis missed layup  
9:29   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:17   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:12   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
9:05   Out of bounds turnover on Rajon Rondo  
8:47 +2 Andre Iguodala made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 58-65
8:36   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
8:31   Offensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
8:30 +3 E'Twaun Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 61-65
8:13   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:10   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
8:02   Nikola Mirotic missed layup  
7:56   Offensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
7:56 +2 Nikola Mirotic made dunk 63-65
7:34   Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:30   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
7:22 +2 Rajon Rondo made layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 65-65
7:22   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
7:22 +1 Rajon Rondo made free throw 66-65
7:14   Out of bounds turnover on Andre Iguodala  
7:03 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 68-65
6:46   Kevin Durant missed jump shot, blocked by Jrue Holiday  
6:46   Team rebound  
6:46   Team rebound  
6:41 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevon Looney