Warriors defeat Pelicans in battle of backups
As the NBA regular season continued to wind down quickly, it was a night for the subs in San Francisco.
While some may have consumed sandwiches of the sort, the reserves of a pair of NBA teams going in different directions battled it out on the hardwood.
Players who typically do not get heavy minutes or even minutes compiled a bunch of them and a bunch of points were scored.
In the end, the home team won.
Golden State held off a rally by New Orleans 125-122 to defeat the Pelicans.
The Warriors built a 75-57 halftime lead before the Pelicans awakened in the second half but fell short.
New Orleans actually took the lead 122-121 on a basket by Nickeil-Alexander Walker with 25.9 seconds left but but Jordan Poole scored just 4.5 seconds later to give Golden State a 123-122 lead. The Pelicans did not get a good shot to try to win it as Alexander-Walker missed a 27-footer with 6.7 seconds left.
Of course, the Warriors played without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins.
The Pelicans, of course, were without Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Steven Adams, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart.
Alexander-Walker played a team high 40 minutes and took advantage of it, scoring 30 points with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Alexander-Walker was 4-of-8 from three-point range.
Naji Marshall was outstanding with 20 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. Jaxson Hayes continued his excellent play off the bench, scoring 19 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Wenyen Gabriel had 14 points and six rebounds off the bench.
DiDi Louzada got 23 minutes, scoring six points. Kira Lewis Jr. played 27 minutes and scored seven points.
Eric Bledsoe, who has been disappointing, played just 16 minutes but the argument may be why he even played at all, given the circumstances. Why not play all others? Bledsoe would not appear to be part of future plans for the Pelicans.
The Warriors (38-33) are heading for a Western Conference play-in game.
New Orleans finishes the season with a 13-23 road record, not competitive enough to make the playoffs.
Now 31-40, the Pelicans finish off another forgettable season Sunday at home against the Lakers at 8 p.m.
Then, it is on to the lottery…..again.
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