OAKLAND, CA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Pelicans' lack of post-season experience showed up early, and a late game comeback fell short in a disappointing 106-99 loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of their Western Conference Playoff Series.
While Golden State scored at will and made the Pels' interior defense look abysmal, New Orleans tallied just 13 first quarter points and trailed 59-41 after the first half.
Anthony Davis looked jittery early in his post-season debut, but bounced back with a strong second half to finish with 35 points and 7 rebounds. Quincy Pondexter scored 20, while Eric Gordon added 16 points for New Orleans who as a team, had 14 turnovers.
The Warriors' Splash Brothers tandem of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 55 points and seven made three pointers.
"Steph (Curry) scored 34, Klay (Thompson) had 21, Pelicans Head Coach Monty Williams said. "Their starters had balanced scoring after Steph. So we've got to stop all of them. I didn't think our defense was particularly great in the first half against anyone on their team."
New Orleans did trim a 25-point deficit to just 11 following a 14-0 run from the end of the third quarter through the start of the fourth quarter, but Curry and Thompson each hit a big 3-pointers to give momentum back to Golden State. The Pels also used a late game rally to cut the deficit to single digits, but it would not be enough.
Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans left the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return.
New Orleans will try to bounce back in Game 2 on Monday. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. CST from Oracle Arena.