National Basketball Association
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Golden State at New Orleans
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

The legend of Stephen Curry continues to grow and the Golden State Warriors are on the verge of riding their star into the Western Conference semifinals. The Warriors will try to cap off a four-game sweep in the first round when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

Curry capped off a 20-point, fourth-quarter comeback with an off-balance corner 3-pointer while being knocked to the ground to force overtime in Game 3, and then sealed it at the free-throw line in the extra period to wrap up a 123-119 win. “To make that shot, it shows everything Steph is about, even on a night when he wasn’t having a great shooting performance,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters. “His confidence level is just off the charts. He’s fearless.” The loss was crushing for the Pelicans, who dominated the first three quarters and were still up 17 points with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. “We're all feeling like dirt right now," New Orleans coach Monty Williams told reporters. "Obviously, you want to build them up, but there's nothing that can build you up with a situation like that.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, CSN Bay Area (Golden State), FSN New Orleans

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Curry finished with 40 points and Klay Thompson added 28, but Draymond Green’s third double-double of the series and Golden State’s rebounding down the stretch were just as big. Curry missed several shots from deep late in regulation but offensive rebounds led to second chances, including Marreese Speights’ offensive board before the game-tying shot. “It was just determination and will,” Green told reporters. “We have a group of guys whose competitive spirits are through the roof. We never give up.”

ABOUT THE PELICANS:
Anthony Davis went for 29 points and 15 rebounds in the loss but missed a free throw at the end of regulation that would have put the game out of reach and came up empty on a tying attempt in the final seconds of overtime. The 22-year-old also had trouble keeping the Warriors off the offensive glass down the stretch, even when Golden State went to a small lineup. “We're down 0-3 and it's a must win and we all know that,'' Williams told reporters. ''We had it and we let it go and I can't say it enough, we just didn't execute in the fourth quarter.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. New Orleans G Eric Gordon went 1-of-6 from 3-point range in Game 3 after hitting 9-of-17 in the first two contests.

2. Golden State F David Lee (lower back strain) missed the first three games and is questionable for Saturday.

3. No NBA team has ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series.

PREDICTION: Warriors 108, Pelicans 91
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Golden State 70-15 W7 41-2 29-13 8-1 62-14 13-3 45-10
New Orleans 45-40 L3 28-14 17-26 5-5 40-35 8-8 29-26
Last Meeting
Golden State New Orleans
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/23/15 GS 123 NO 119 123 51 40.4 119 47 51.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State S. Curry 40 34.5 13
New Orleans A. Davis 29 50.0 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State D. Green 17 7 10
New Orleans A. Davis 15 3 12
Assists Player  
Golden State S. Curry 9
New Orleans T. Evans 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State S. Curry 2117 48.5 355
New Orleans A. Davis 1854 53.6 419
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State D. Green 724 129 595
New Orleans O. Asik 831 268 563
Assists Player  
Golden State S. Curry 682
New Orleans T. Evans 552
Quickchart Matchup
Golden State Off vs  New Orleans Defense
109.9 Points For
98.9 Points Against
47.6 FG%
45.5 FG%
44.9 Reb
41.8 Reb
New Orleans Off vs  Golden State Defense
99.4 Points For
99.9 Points Against
45.7 FG%
42.8 FG%
41.8 Reb
44.5 Reb