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Curry "off the leash" in leading Warriors past Pelicans

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is back doing everything with fire, flair and without fear after impatiently spending almost a month and a half on the sidelines.

Curry played his most minutes since missing nearly six weeks with a knee injury, finishing with 28 points and helping the Golden State Warriors advance to the Western Conference finals for a fourth straight year by dismantling Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

''I think Coach did a great job though of just giving him a little bit here and there and tonight really just letting him go,'' Kevin Durant said. ''You see when you let the dog off the leash what happens.''

Durant scored 24 points and Klay Thompson added 23 for the Warriors, who with a 15th straight home playoff win tied Chicago for an NBA record. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990 to May 21, 1991.

Davis had 34 points and 19 rebounds for a Pelicans team that overcame the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon three months ago to make this strong run. The Pelicans shaved the lead to seven points with two minutes left on a basket by Davis before Draymond Green's turnaround fadeaway moments later.

Curry has his swagger.

''I feel confident in what I'm able to do out there,'' Curry said. ''Timing could still get a little bit better with the ball and things like that when you start to get so excited, still when I'm out there missing six weeks is still appreciative of being out there playing. I'll continue to get better, continue to get my timing right, continue to get back to the normal rotation, the normal minutes I'm out there playing and hopefully won't look back.''

The Warriors advance to play the top-seeded Houston Rockets in what has long been an anticipated Western Conference finals matchup - with a Finals feel, perhaps. The series starts Monday night in Houston. The teams didn't meet during the 2017 postseason, but the Warriors won a five-game series in the first round of the 2016 playoffs. Houston eliminated Utah in its Game 5 earlier Tuesday.

''We want to win another championship,'' Green said, ''and it don't matter who's in the way of that.''

Curry, who returned for Game 2 after nearly six weeks out with a knee injury, knocked down an open 3-pointer midway through the third and raised his hands to get the crowd going, then made another less than two minutes later. He converted three free throws at the 6:25 mark following a hard foul by Jrue Holiday.

In the second quarter, Holiday shoved Curry hard into the basket, enraging the two-time MVP who let the officials know how upset he was by the push and no call.

Holiday contributed 27 points and 11 assists, but even with better shooting, New Orleans couldn't stay with deep, score-at-will Golden State.

''No matter what the score is, no matter the time, whatever it is, we play desperate,'' Holiday said.

The defending champions are serious about a repeat title and took one step closer to that goal.

So far this postseason, with Durant and Green leading the way, the Warriors have admirably defended the slower San Antonio Spurs and now the imposing, push-the-pace Pelicans.

Green had another superb all-around night on both ends with 19 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

The Warriors came out of halftime with a 10-0 run over the opening 1:54, forcing two Pelicans timeouts and taking control for the rest of the game.

Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the first to put Golden State up 17-10, the second right in front of his own bench as teammates erupted in celebration. He began 6 for 9 and had 14 points by the 4:10 mark of the first.

Durant became irate when Nikola Mirotic made a late, hard bump on a 3-point try with 5:23 left in the first - a play that was reviewed and Mirotic received just a common foul.

As Durant took free throws, Green tried to listen in on the Pelicans' huddle before official Josh Tiven pulled him away.

''I don't have a reaction, that's Draymond,'' New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''Should that surprise me?''

CURRY'S SERIES

Curry went 10 for 16 in 37 minutes playing his fourth game back from a sprained left knee he hurt March 23. His minutes have increased each game he plays, up to 31 in Game 4 and 37 on Tuesday. He added eight assists and seven rebounds in Game 5.

He was 32 for 67 with 15 3s in the series.

''It feels like he's back now,'' coach Steve Kerr said.

On a side note, he went 0 for 5 on his signature tunnel shots before the game.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Rajon Rondo dealt with a sore groin that limited his time in the second half. ... New Orleans made 6 of 9 3s in the first and finished 10 for 24 from long range. ... New Orleans got back in it with an 11-0 run in the second.

Warriors: Green is the first Warrior to ever average a triple-double in a playoff series. ... Durant scored 20 or more points in a 17th straight postseason game. His first five points moved him past two players - Chris Mullin (685) and Harrison Barnes (687) - into 10th place all-time for the Warriors in postseason scoring. ... Curry (366) passed Paul Arizin (364) for second place on the franchise postseason list for made free throws. ... Durant received the Al Attles Community Impact Award in a pregame ceremony. The Warriors Community Foundation will donate $15,000 to the charity Durant chose, Oakland Elizabeth House, which provides residences to women and children who have been homeless or faced violence or addiction.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44   E'Twaun Moore missed hook shot  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
11:36 +2 Klay Thompson made fade-away jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 0-2
11:21   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
11:08   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
11:01 +2 Rajon Rondo made jump shot 2-2
10:49   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:47   Offensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
10:36   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:31   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
10:23   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
10:21   Personal foul on Anthony Davis  
10:10   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
10:02   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:57   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
9:51   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:47   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
9:42   Jrue Holiday missed fade-away jump shot  
9:37   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:30   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
9:12   Bad pass turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Kevin Durant  
9:08 +2 Klay Thompson made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 2-4
8:46 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by E'Twaun Moore 5-4
8:27 +2 Stephen Curry made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 5-6
8:15 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk, assist by Jrue Holiday 7-6
8:06 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 7-8
7:57   Rajon Rondo missed floating jump shot  
7:57   Team rebound  
7:57   Personal foul on Rajon Rondo  
7:39   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
7:35 +3 Anthony Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 10-8
7:16   Andre Iguodala missed jump shot  
7:10   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:10 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 10-10
7:02   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
6:58   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
6:54   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
6:54 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 10-11
6:54   Kevin Durant missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:51   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
6:46   Out of bounds turnover on Anthony Davis  
6:40 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 10-14
6:30   E'Twaun Moore missed driving layup  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:22 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 10-17
6:16   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
6:05 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot 13-17
5:42   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:36   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
5:32 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot 16-17
5:23   Shooting foul on Nikola Mirotic  
5:23 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 3 free throws 16-18
5:23   Kevin Durant missed 2nd of 3 free throws  
5:23   Team rebound  
5:23 +1 Kevin Durant made 3rd of 3 free throws 16-19
5:14   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:10   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:01 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot 16-21
4:53   Bad pass turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Stephen Curry  
4:51   Lost ball turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Rajon Rondo  
4:40   Rajon Rondo missed reverse layup  
4:40   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
4:35   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:31   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
4:22   Bad pass turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Draymond Green  
4:15 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 16-23
3:49   Darius Miller missed reverse layup  
3:45   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
3:30 +2 Stephen Curry made fade-away jump shot 16-25
3:20 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 18-25
3:02   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
2:57   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
2:51 +3 Ian Clark made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 21-25
2:40 +2 Quinn Cook made layup, assist by David West 21-27
2:25 +2 Anthony Davis made reverse layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 23-27
2:08   Kevin Durant missed turnaround jump shot  
2:07   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
1:58 +3 Darius Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 26-27
1:31 +2 Kevon Looney made jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 26-29
1:16   Anthony Davis missed hook shot  
1:11   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
1:04   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:00   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
0:57   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:55   Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
0:44   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
0:42   Kevon Looney missed dunk, blocked by Anthony Davis  
0:38   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:41   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
0:33   Bad pass turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Kevon Looney  
0:30 +2 Quinn Cook made layup 26-31
0:30   Shooting foul on Ian Clark  
0:30 +1 Quinn Cook made free throw 26-32
0:13   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
0:09   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
0:02   Kevin Durant missed floating jump shot  
0:00   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:00   Kevon Looney missed dunk  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   David West missed hook shot  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
11:36   Darius Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:31   Defensive rebound by David West  
11:25   David West missed jump shot  
11:21   Offensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
11:08   Out of bounds turnover on Shaun Livingston  
10:55   Ian Clark missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:51   Defensive rebound by David West  
10:31   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
10:18   Nikola Mirotic missed turnaround jump shot  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
10:03   David West missed layup, blocked by Solomon Hill  
9:59   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
9:57 +2 Jrue Holiday made layup, assist by Solomon Hill 28-32
9:42 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Quinn Cook 28-34
9:42   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
9:42 +1 Klay Thompson made free throw 28-35
9:32 +2 Ian Clark made floating jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 30-35
9:20   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
9:05   Personal foul on Quinn Cook  
9:03   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
8:53   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
8:49   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
8:40   Out of bounds turnover on Andre Iguodala  
8:17   Anthony Davis missed turnaround jump shot  
8:12   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
8:04 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 30-37
7:50   Offensive foul on Anthony Davis  
7:50   Offensive foul on Anthony Davis  
7:39   Klay Thompson missed fade-away jump shot  
7:34   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
7:31   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
7:19 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 30-39
6:57   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
6:57 +1 Jrue Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 31-39
6:57 +1 Jrue Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-39
6:41 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 32-41
6:26 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 34-41
6:13 +2 Stephen Curry made jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 34-43
5:49 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot 37-43
5:35 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 37-46
5:17   E'Twaun Moore missed jump shot, blocked by Draymond Green  
5:15   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:02 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 37-48
4:55 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by E'Twaun Moore 39-48
4:55   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
4:55 +1 Anthony Davis made free throw 40-48
4:44   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
4:41   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
4:33   Rajon Rondo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:29   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
4:27   Personal foul on E'Twaun Moore  
4:22 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Andre Iguodala 40-50
4:11 +2 Anthony Davis made floating jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 42-50
4:06   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
3:59   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:52   Jrue Holiday missed layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
3:49   Offensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
3:45 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk, assist by Rajon Rondo 44-50
3:38   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Rajon Rondo  
3:33 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 47-50
3:18   Lost ball turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Rajon Rondo  
3:13 +2 Rajon Rondo made layup 49-50
2:56   Offensive foul on Draymond Green  
2:56   Offensive foul on Draymond Green  
2:42 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 51-50
2:30   Andre Iguodala missed hook shot  
2:26   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
2:13   Bad pass turnover on E'Twaun Moore, stolen by Klay Thompson  
2:09 +2 Stephen Curry made layup, assist by Klay Thompson 51-52
1:48 +3 E'Twaun Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 54-52
1:33 +2 Kevin Durant made floating jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 54-54
1:13   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:10   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
1:07   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:01   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
0:59   Lost ball turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
0:53 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 54-57
0:39   Kicked ball violation  
0:33   Offensive foul on E'Twaun Moore  
0:33   Offensive foul on E'Twaun Moore  
0:26 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Klay Thompson 54-59
0:02 +2 Jrue Holiday made jump shot 56-59
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 56-61
11:30   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
11:20   Anthony Davis missed turnaround jump shot  
11:15   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
11:10 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 56-63
10:58   Jrue Holiday missed floating jump shot  
10:56   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:51 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 56-65
10:38   Bad pass turnover on E'Twaun Moore, stolen by Kevin Durant  
10:32 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 56-67
10:19   Jrue Holiday missed fade-away jump shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:10 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 56-69
9:46 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 58-69
9:26   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:22   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
9:12 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Andre Iguodala 58-71
8:58   E'Twaun Moore missed jump shot  
8:55   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
8:52   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
8:47   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
8:41   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Draymond Green  
8:38 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Klay Thompson 58-74
8:24   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
8:10 +2 Anthony Davis made turnaround jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 60-74
7:44 +2 Klay Thompson made layup, assist by Draymond Green 60-76
7:35   Ian Clark missed jump shot  
7:32   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:30   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Anthony Davis  
7:16   Lost ball turnover on Nikola Mirotic, stolen by Draymond Green  
7:15   Personal foul on Darius Miller  
7:07 +2 Draymond Green made finger-roll layup, assist by Stephen Curry 60-78
6:55   Ian Clark missed jump shot  
6:53   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:50 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 60-81
6:34   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:32   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
6:25   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
6:25 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 3 free throws 60-82
6:25 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 3 free throws 60-83
6:25 +1 Stephen Curry made 3rd of 3 free throws 60-84
6:25   Full timeout called  
6:06 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Ian Clark 62-84
5:46   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:41   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:32 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 62-86
5:16   E'Twaun Moore missed jump shot  
5:12   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:06   Draymond Green missed jump shot, blocked by Anthony Davis  
5:02   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
4:58   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
4:52   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
4:50   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:46   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
4:43   Ian Clark missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:40   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
4:38   Shooting foul on E'Twaun Moore  
4:38 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 62-87
4:38 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-88
4:26 +2 Jrue Holiday made layup 64-88
4:26   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
4:26 +1