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Durant's scores 38, Warriors down Pelicans for 3-1 lead

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kevin Durant made his approach to taking over a pivotal NBA playoff game sound so simple - and look that way, too.

''I just try to tell myself that I'm at my best when I don't care what happens after the game, the outcome or anything,'' Durant said. ''That's when I'm free and having fun out there, and forceful. That was thing - just try to play with force no matter if I missed shots or not, just keep shooting, keep being aggressive.''

Durant scored Golden State's first two baskets on pull-up jumpers of 21 and 15 feet before a minute-and-a-half had elapsed in Game 4 of the Warriors' Western Conference semifinal series against New Orleans on Sunday. He finished with 38 points on 15-of-27 shooting to go with nine rebounds, and Golden State soundly defeated the Pelicans 118-92 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead back to the West Coast.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry said it was apparent early that getting the ball to Durant would be wise.

''Just find ways to get him in scoring positions,'' Curry said. ''Sometimes, that's not really hard to do - just throw it to him.

''Just keep the game simple at that point because he's such a great scorer, you don't have to really overthink things.''

The Warriors lost by 19 in Game 3 Friday and the Pelicans were looking to even the series. Instead, the Warriors responded with a resounding effort that produced a wire-to-wire win with leads as large as 26 points. Curry scored 23, Klay Thompson added 13 and Quinn Cook, who was a Pelicans reserve earlier this season, contributed 12 points.

Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, but the Pelicans hit only 36 percent (32 of 88) of their shots, missing 22 of 26 3-point attempts.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Golden State's defense ''had a lot to do with'' the Pelicans' poor shooting.

''We didn't have the looks we normally have,'' he said. ''We pressed a little bit when we got behind.''

E'Twaun Moore scored 20 and Jrue Holiday 19, but New Orleans reserves combined for just 14 points after scoring 32 two nights earlier. Rajon Rondo finished with 11 rebounds but had only six assists after racking up 21 in Game 3. The Pelicans also committed 19 turnovers, which led 21 Warriors points.

''We missed a lot of easy shots, a couple game-plan discipline mistakes early on and they came out on fire,'' Davis said. ''We just can't afford to shoot that poorly.

''But we've got another one,'' Davis added. ''Any time we've been punched in the mouth, we've always responded very well.''

TIP-INS

Warriors: Draymond Green had eight points, nine rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocks. With his fourth rebound, Green became the third player in Warriors history to reach 800 playoff rebounds. Wilt Chamberlain (922) and Nate Thurmond (896) are the only others. ... Green was assessed his first technical foul of the playoffs after he fell to the floor on a Davis layup and no foul was called.

Pelicans: Davis committed six turnovers and Rondo four. ... Davis shot 10 of 10 from the foul line. ... The Pelicans made 18 of 19 free throws in the first half but finished 24 of 30. ... Nikola Mirotic grabbed 11 rebounds but missed six of seven shots to finish with seven points.

BREAKING AWAY

After shooting poorly Friday night, the Warriors were eager to regain their rhythm and did so immediately. They hit six of their first eight shots, with Durant making his first three.

''He was attacking tonight right from the beginning and he was brilliant,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''He found better spots on the floor with his aggression and created easier shots for himself.''

Thompson and Curry each added early 3s. That, and solid defense that included Green's block of Rondo's layup, helped Golden State open a 10-point lead in the first four minutes.

The Pelicans missed eight of their first 10 shots and trailed 20-6 after Green made Golden State's fourth 3.

The Pelicans slowly ground their deficit down to seven by halftime - only to botch the opening of the third quarter.

Rondo's bounce pass handcuffed Davis as he cut to the hoop for what looked like a thunderous dunk in the making. Moments later, Green fired a cross-court pass to Durant for a one-handed jam.

Andre Iguodala and Curry followed with 3s, and in two minutes, the Warriors' lead ballooned to 15.

GOING SMALL

Kerr went with a different starting lineup for a third consecutive game. Green moved to center after starting at forward in Game 3, 7-foot center JaVale McGee returned to a reserve role and Iguodala, who'd started games 1 and 2, returned to the first unit at forward. Curry, Thompson and Durant rounded out the starting five.

''Obviously, the lineup worked, but it's not about the lineup,'' Kerr asserted. ''The effort at both ends tonight was night-and-day from Game 3.

''There's a good chance I'll start these same five guys on Tuesday.''

UP NEXT

The series returns to Oakland, California, for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:35   Anthony Davis missed finger-roll layup  
11:31   Offensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
11:29   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:26   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
11:14 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 2-0
10:57 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by E'Twaun Moore 2-2
10:41 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 4-2
10:17   Lost ball turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Draymond Green  
10:12   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:06   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
10:06   Andre Iguodala missed dunk  
10:05   Defensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
9:59 +2 Anthony Davis made floating jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 4-4
9:45 +2 Klay Thompson made turnaround jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 6-4
9:29   Anthony Davis missed turnaround jump shot  
9:26   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
9:20 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 9-4
9:12   Out of bounds turnover on E'Twaun Moore  
8:59 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 12-4
8:40   Rajon Rondo missed driving layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
8:37   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
8:33 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot 14-4
8:11   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:11   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
7:55   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
7:45   Rajon Rondo missed floating jump shot  
7:43   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
7:29   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
7:23   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
7:19   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
7:19   Personal foul on Nikola Mirotic  
7:10   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:06   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
6:55   Jrue Holiday missed reverse layup  
6:54   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
6:43 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 17-4
6:25   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
6:18   Rajon Rondo missed finger-roll layup  
6:18   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
6:18   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
6:18 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 17-5
6:18 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-6
6:05 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 20-6
5:54 +2 Anthony Davis made turnaround jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 20-8
5:44   Personal foul on Jrue Holiday  
5:31   Kevin Durant missed driving layup  
5:26   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:26   Draymond Green missed dunk  
5:25   Defensive rebound by Solomon Hill  
5:22 +2 Jrue Holiday made reverse layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 20-10
5:07   Shooting foul on Solomon Hill  
5:07 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 21-10
5:07 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-10
4:52   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:48   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
4:37 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 24-10
4:16   Lost ball turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Kevon Looney  
4:06 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 27-10
3:41   Jrue Holiday missed turnaround jump shot  
3:39   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
3:32   Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry  
3:26 +3 Solomon Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 27-13
3:05   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:02   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
2:58   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
2:58 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 27-14
2:58 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-15
2:40 +2 Kevon Looney made reverse layup, assist by Kevin Durant 29-15
2:32   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:18   Kevin Durant missed jump shot, blocked by Jrue Holiday  
2:13   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
2:00   Anthony Davis missed layup  
1:57   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
1:57   Anthony Davis missed dunk  
1:56   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
1:50 +2 Shaun Livingston made turnaround jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 31-15
1:41   E'Twaun Moore missed layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
1:38   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
1:19 +2 Quinn Cook made floating jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 33-15
1:03 +2 E'Twaun Moore made floating jump shot, assist by Solomon Hill 33-17
1:03   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
1:03 +1 E'Twaun Moore made free throw 33-18
0:43 +2 Quinn Cook made finger-roll layup, assist by David West 35-18
0:43   Shooting foul on Ian Clark  
0:43   Quinn Cook missed free throw  
0:43   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
0:35   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
0:35 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 35-19
0:35 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-20
0:24 +2 David West made dunk, assist by Jordan Bell 37-20
0:06   Personal foul on David West  
0:06 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 37-21
0:06 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-22
0:02   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:02   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
11:39   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
11:23   Ian Clark missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:19   Offensive rebound by Solomon Hill  
11:17   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:15   Offensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
11:15 +2 Rajon Rondo made reverse layup 37-24
10:57 +2 David West made jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 39-24
10:44 +2 Nikola Mirotic made layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 39-26
10:29 +2 Shaun Livingston made layup, assist by David West 41-26
10:12   Nikola Mirotic missed driving layup  
10:10   Offensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
10:06 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ian Clark 41-29
9:52   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
9:30   Ian Clark missed finger-roll layup, blocked by David West  
9:26   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:23   Lost ball turnover on Klay Thompson, stolen by Ian Clark  
9:22   Offensive foul on Solomon Hill  
9:22   Offensive foul on Solomon Hill  
9:06 +2 Quinn Cook made jump shot 43-29
9:00   Shooting foul on David West  
9:00 +1 Nikola Mirotic made 1st of 3 free throws 43-30
9:00 +1 Nikola Mirotic made 2nd of 3 free throws 43-31
9:00 +1 Nikola Mirotic made 3rd of 3 free throws 43-32
8:48 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 45-32
8:36   Anthony Davis missed layup  
8:34   Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
8:29   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
8:21   Out of bounds turnover on Rajon Rondo  
8:09 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 47-32
7:52   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
7:52   Team rebound  
7:52   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
7:29 +2 E'Twaun Moore made turnaround jump shot 47-34
7:23   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:19   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
7:11 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 47-37
6:54 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 49-37
6:44   Anthony Davis missed finger-roll layup  
6:42   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:39 +2 Quinn Cook made finger-roll layup 51-37
6:21   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
6:16   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
6:16 +1 Rajon Rondo made 1st of 2 free throws 51-38
6:16   Rajon Rondo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:14   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
6:00   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Anthony Davis  
5:54 +2 Jrue Holiday made floating jump shot 51-40
5:38   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
5:35   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:30   Nikola Mirotic missed finger-roll layup  
5:30   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:30   Personal foul on Anthony Davis  
5:20   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:20   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
5:08   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
5:08 +1 Jrue Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 51-41
5:08 +1 Jrue Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-42
4:54   Draymond Green missed jump shot  
4:52   Team rebound  
4:40 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 53-42
4:36   Jrue Holiday missed reverse layup  
4:36   Team rebound  
4:36   Offensive foul on Anthony Davis  
4:36   Offensive foul on Anthony Davis  
4:31   Delay of game violation  
4:18 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 55-42
3:59 +2 E'Twaun Moore made jump shot 55-44
3:35   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:25 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 55-46
3:04   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
3:00   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
2:46   Nikola Mirotic missed hook shot  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:41   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:34   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
2:29   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
2:29 +1 Nikola Mirotic made 1st of 2 free throws 55-47
2:29 +1 Nikola Mirotic made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-48
2:11   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:06   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
1:54   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:50   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
1:41   Stephen Curry missed floating jump shot  
1:38   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
1:35   Bad pass turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Kevin Durant  
1:31   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
1:21   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
1:14 +2 Anthony Davis made floating jump shot 55-50
1:10   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
1:10 +1 E'Twaun Moore made free throw 55-51
0:58   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
0:58 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 56-51
0:58 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-51
0:51   Traveling violation turnover on Nikola Mirotic  
0:44 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 59-51
0:29 +3 E'Twaun Moore made 3-pt. jump shot 59-54
0:06 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 61-54
0:00   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Kevin Durant missed floating jump shot  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
11:32   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
11:25   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
11:21   Offensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
11:19   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
11:15 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 63-54
11:09   Nikola Mirotic missed jump shot  
11:06   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
10:54 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 66-54
10:32   Jrue Holiday missed reverse layup  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
10:21   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
10:21 +1 Klay Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 67-54
10:21 +1 Klay Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-54
10:12 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot 68-56
9:56 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 71-56
9:45   Rajon Rondo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
9:37   Personal foul on Rajon Rondo  
9:25   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:22   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
9:06   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Draymond Green  
9:05   Personal foul on E'Twaun Moore  
9:02   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:00   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
8:46 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 71-58
8:35   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:35   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
8:26   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:23   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
8:18   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
8:00   Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala  
8:00 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 71-59
8:00 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 71-60
7:44 +2 Kevin Durant made turnaround jump shot 73-60
7:31 +2 Jrue Holiday made reverse layup 73-62
7:09   Draymond Green missed floating jump shot, blocked by Anthony Davis  
7:09   Team rebound  
7:08 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 75-62
6:52   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:50   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
6:47   Shooting foul on Nikola Mirotic  
6:47 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 76-62
6:47 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 77-62
6:37   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
6:34   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
6:23   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
6:19   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
6:13