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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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Key Players
A. Davis
23 PF
K. Durant
35 SF
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
26.4 Pts. Per Game 26.4
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
6.8 Reb. Per Game 6.8
53.3 Field Goal % 51.6
53.3 Three Point % 51.5
82.7 Free Throw % 88.5
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:05
+ 1 E'Twaun Moore made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:29
  E'Twaun Moore missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:29
  Team rebound 0:29
  Personal foul on Stephen Curry 0:29
  Defensive rebound by Ian Clark 0:32
  Kevin Durant missed jump shot 0:37
+ 2 Ian Clark made floating jump shot 0:49
+ 2 Draymond Green made driving layup, assist by Kevin Durant 1:00
+ 1 Nikola Mirotic made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:11
  Team rebound 1:11
Team Stats
Points 104 113
Field Goals 41-88 (46.6%) 48-100 (48.0%)
3-Pointers 10-24 (41.7%) 7-27 (25.9%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 10-12 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 50 55
Offensive 4 12
Defensive 40 41
Team 6 2
Assists 26 36
Steals 7 10
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 12 18
Technicals 0 0
34 PTS, 19 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 14 REB, 9 AST
1234T
away team logo Pelicans 1-4 26301929104
home team logo Warriors 4-1 32273618113
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 1-4 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
home team logo Warriors 4-1 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF 28.1 PPG 11.1 RPG 2.3 APG 53.4 FG%
S. Curry PG 26.4 PPG 5.1 RPG 6.1 APG 49.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 34 PTS 19 REB 1 AST
S. Curry PG 28 PTS 7 REB 8 AST
46.6 FG% 48.0
41.7 3PT FG% 25.9
75.0 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 45 34 19 1 1 4 3 2 13/26 1/2 7/9 2 17 57 -8
J. Holiday 46 27 10 11 1 0 4 3 11/21 2/6 3/3 0 10 56 -9
N. Mirotic 37 12 7 1 0 0 1 1 4/9 3/6 1/2 0 7 20 -14
E. Moore 40 10 2 4 0 0 4 3 4/12 1/3 1/2 1 1 16 +2
R. Rondo 20 7 2 7 3 0 2 1 3/7 1/2 0/0 0 2 24 -16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 45 34 19 1 1 4 3 2 13/26 1/2 7/9 2 17 57 -8
J. Holiday 46 27 10 11 1 0 4 3 11/21 2/6 3/3 0 10 56 -9
N. Mirotic 37 12 7 1 0 0 1 1 4/9 3/6 1/2 0 7 20 -14
E. Moore 40 10 2 4 0 0 4 3 4/12 1/3 1/2 1 1 16 +2
R. Rondo 20 7 2 7 3 0 2 1 3/7 1/2 0/0 0 2 24 -16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Clark 29 9 4 1 2 0 0 1 4/9 1/3 0/0 1 3 17 +5
D. Miller 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 0 5 -4
S. Hill 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 -1
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Liggins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Crawford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Drew - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 104 44 26 7 5 14 12 41/88 10/24 12/16 4 40 198 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 37 28 7 8 1 0 4 2 10/16 3/6 5/5 0 7 48 +9
K. Durant 37 24 6 7 2 0 1 2 10/18 1/4 3/5 0 6 45 +13
K. Thompson 37 23 6 3 1 0 0 1 10/22 2/8 1/1 1 5 36 +9
D. Green 40 19 14 9 3 2 4 3 9/18 1/5 0/0 5 9 52 +12
A. Iguodala 25 2 4 5 2 0 1 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 3 17 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 37 28 7 8 1 0 4 2 10/16 3/6 5/5 0 7 48 +9
K. Durant 37 24 6 7 2 0 1 2 10/18 1/4 3/5 0 6 45 +13
K. Thompson 37 23 6 3 1 0 0 1 10/22 2/8 1/1 1 5 36 +9
D. Green 40 19 14 9 3 2 4 3 9/18 1/5 0/0 5 9 52 +12
A. Iguodala 25 2 4 5 2 0 1 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 3 17 +25
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Livingston 14 6 2 1 0 0 2 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 0 2 8 -3
Q. Cook 13 5 2 1 0 0 0 2 2/5 0/3 1/1 1 1 9 -4
K. Looney 23 4 8 1 1 0 0 6 2/6 0/0 0/0 4 4 15 -15
J. Bell 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 -4
D. West 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 +3
N. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McGee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Pachulia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 113 53 36 10 2 12 18 48/100 7/27 10/12 12 41 238 +45