Warriors fan playoff hopes
Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry reads the defense of New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson and Eric Bledsoe.

Warriors fan playoff hopes

(Agence France-Presse) - May 5, 2021 - 12:00am

New Orleans, Louisiana – Steph Curry erupted for 41 points as the Golden State Warriors stayed on course for the postseason with a 123-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

Curry’s 33rd 30-point game of the season helped the Warriors move to 33-32 to leave the team firmly in the hunt for a Western Conference play-in tournament place.

But the Warriors’ road victory all but extinguished New Orleans’ chances of reaching the playoffs.

The defeat means the Pelicans are now languishing outside the play-in competition places with a 29-36 record, four games adrift of the San Antonio Spurs.

Curry’s latest masterclass in a season that has seen him emerge as a front-runner for NBA Most Valuable Player honours was his ninth 40-point game of the season, and the 47th 40-point game of his career.

“I’m just playing with confidence,” Curry said afterwards. “Every game I’m just trying to sustain the intensity, the effort and the focus.

“It’s been a fun year and a fun ride but we’ve got a lot left to do. I’m glad I’m playing my part.”

The Warriors led from start to finish, rocking the Pelicans by sprinting into a 39-21 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretching into a 25-point lead midway through the second quarter.

“For us to come out like we did tonight in the first quarter and impose our will -- it helped us maintain momentum throughout the game offensively,” Curry told ESPN after the win.

Elsewhere on Monday, the Denver Nuggets clinched their place in the playoffs despite sliding to a 93-89 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Nuggets booked their place in the playoffs after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 123-114.

In other games, Russell Westbrook laid on a remarkable 24 assists to complete his 32nd triple-double of the season in the Washington Wizards’ 154-141 home defeat of the Indiana Pacers.

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