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Warriors roar back from being down 21 but Curry sprains ankle

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Kevin Durant, seen here Dec. 3, was ejected from Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
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The Golden State Warriors surmounted a 21-point first-half deficit but lost Stephen Curry in the final minute of the club’s 125-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

Curry jogged down the tunnel with 59.7 seconds left on the clock after rolling his right ankle on the foot of E’Twaun Moore.

Cameras later caught Curry making his way through the hallways at Smoothie King Center on crutches. X-rays on Curry’s sprained right ankle came back negative, but he’s reportedly headed for an MRI on Tuesday.

“I haven’t done that one in a while,” Curry told reporters. “I sprained my ankle. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and kind of go from there. Obviously a sucky situation, but I’ll be back.”

Before leaving early, the two-time MVP poured in 31 points, dished 11 assists and grabbed five rebounds. Curry also splashed five triples on the way to becoming the eighth player in league history to make 2,000 3-pointers.

With the win, the Warriors became the first team to overcome a pair of 20-point second-half deficits.

“It was a gutty win. It was a chaotic win,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “It was a bizarre game, but I was proud of the guys’ fight in the second half — the way they responded after a very poor first half.”

The rescue began right out of the break as the reigning champs outscored the Pelicans 39-22 in the third, turning a 20-point shortfall to a three-point game.

The quarter started with a 15-0 run for the Warriors and the Pelicans did manage a bucket for the first 4:12 of the period. Curry highlighted the frame, hitting a quartet of threes and finishing with 15 points.

The Warriors trudged into the half trailing 69-49 after the Pelicans hit their guests with a 33-12 burst to cap the second quarter.

Less than two minutes into the period, Patrick McCaw drilled a 26-footer, briefly handing the Dubs 37-36 lead. The triple gave the Warriors and 11-3 start to the quarter and a 17-3 spurt dating back to the first period.

The momentum shifted heavily in favor of the hosts after that. Amid the second-quarter barrage, the Pelicans ran off 14 unanswered points and Jrue Holiday scored 23 of his 34 points on the night.

Down goes McCaw

At the 7:38 mark in the second, McCaw headed down the tunnel with a bloodied nose after DeMarcus Cousins smacked him in the face while blocking his shot. X-rays were negative, but the second-year Warriors was ruled out for the night.

Sloppy start

Slumping through a lackadaisical start, the Warriors exiting the opening quarter down 33-26 after piling up seven turnovers leading to 13 Pelicans points.

T’d up

Draymond Green drew his seventh technical at the 7:32 mark in the first. Just over a minute later, Kevin Durant picked up his fifth. Cousins earned his first of two techs in the second quarter.

With 1:14 left in the game, Durant and Cousins got tangled up, leading to a verbal back-and-forth, a double technical and ejections for both.

Livingston, Zaza miss out

Shaun Livingston didn’t play against the Pelicans after drawing a one-game suspension for bumping heads with referee Courtney Kirkland on Sunday night against the Miami Heat. Zaza Pachulia (sore shoulder) didn’t take the court, resulting in JaVale McGee drawing his first start of 2017.

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