Playing one night after winning on the road for the first time this season in Houston, the Warriors scratched Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins from their lineup in New Orleans.
Williamson played 23 minutes in his first game after bruising his right foot, scoring nine points.
Devonte Graham scored 19 goals for the Pelicans, who took the lead in the game less than two minutes into the game and advanced by as many as 45 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and CJ McCollum had 15 points.
Jordan Paul scored 26 for Golden State, which fell to 1-9 on the road.
Golden State’s starting lineup was formed by regular starting center Kevon Looney, along with forwards Anthony Lamb and Jonathan Cumminga, and guards Donte DiVincenzo and Paul.
And they found themselves frustrated early on.
Less than nine minutes into the minute, Devonte Graham scored 3 when he was fouled and hit a free throw to give New Orleans a 26-9 lead.
The Pelicans drove up to 24 in the first quarter when rookie Dyson Daniels’ finger roll made it 35-11.
Ingram and Paul each scored 20 points in the first half, but Ingram had more assists, and New Orleans went into halftime leading 65-41.
Warriors: 37.8% (28-of-74) shooting overall, including 10-of-43 from 3-point range. … Kuminga scored 18 points, while Moses Moody and JaMychal Green each scored 10 points.
Pelicans: Went 4-2 in six home games. … Jose Alvarado scored 10 goals, most notably his backcourt steal of an inbound pass, which he quickly converted into a floating layup. … shot 53.8% (49-of-91), including 15-of-42 from 3-point range. … outscored the Warriors 60-36 in the paint.
The game marked the second time this season that Golden State had visited New Orleans at the end of games on consecutive nights and chose to sit out their three biggest stars: Curry, Thompson, and Green. Smoothie King Center was packed with both games. The Warriors will not return to New Orleans again this season.
Curry last played her game in New Orleans on May 4, 2021, with only 3,700 in attendance due to pandemic restrictions. His last game in New Orleans before the pandemic was on October 28, 2019. “We understand that we have a responsibility in this league, with the franchise that we are, to try to put on the best show we can put on every night, but that’s also what we have to do,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “Includes long-term maintenance of men’s health.” “We don’t control the schedule; We just fly where they tell us to fly. Again, I feel terrible for the fans, but ultimately it’s our responsibility to make sure our players stay through the year.”
Warriors: Host the Clippers on Wednesday.
Pelicans: Visit San Antonio on Wednesday.
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