OAKLAND – Anthony Davis tried to chase down Stephen Curry in transition, and it didn’t go well.
Curry didn’t merely score. He spun the ball high off the glass and got fouled while making the shot.
“It was a fun little play, and I’m glad I executed it,” Curry said.
Said Klay Thompson: “I don’t know that went in.”
Curry finished with 34 points, with the Pelicans conceding the fact that at times the MVP candidate is just going to dazzle them.
New Orleans, however, did hold Curry to 4-for-13 from 3-point range and the Warriors to 37.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Pelicans did finish the regular season ranked second in the league in defending the 3-point line.
“He’s one of the best shooters in the history of the game,” the Pelicans’ Quincy Pondexter said of Curry. “Any little air space, the shot is going up, and you don’t want to look at it because it’s going to go in most likely.
“You’ve just got to try to bother him. He’s a terrific shooter. We’ve got to find a way to get a little bit closer, not let him have those wide-open ones. Try to limit those home run three that he hits.”
Curry still finished 13 for 25 from the field, get his share of easy baskets to go along with the ones with high degrees of difficulty.
“We want to win the game, so if Steph scores 70 points and we win by one, we’ll be just as happy, you know what I mean?” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.
“We’re not going to stop Steph. He’s going to miss shots, you can take some things away from him, but he’s a great player.”