Guard Klay Thompson had 22 points and center Jermaine O’Neal had 18 points, including a key put-back with 2:08 left, lifting the Warriors to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night at the New Orleans Arena.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry had seven of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and he added nine assists and eight rebounds.
Golden State (9-6) blew a 15-point lead but still managed to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Pelicans (6-8) were led by forward Ryan Anderson’s 21 points, but they couldn’t convert on their final possession.
Guard Eric Gordon scored 16 points, but he missed a 3-pointer from the left baseline in the final seconds.
Guards Anthony Morrow and Jrue Holiday hit consecutive 3-pointers to put New Orleans on top 85-83 with 8:52 left, but Curry and forward Harrison Barnes responded with 3-pointers of their own to put Golden State back ahead 89-85.
O’Neal hit a short baseline jumper over Holiday on a switch, and Thompson nailed a 3-pointer from the left baseline for a 98-93 Warriors lead with 3:09 left.
The Pelicans closed within 100-99 with 2:25 remaining on a layup and foul shot by Anderson, but O’Neal came up with a loose ball off a block by Gordon and hit a put-back with 2:08 left to give Golden State a 102-99 edge.
Davis rebounded an Evans miss for a dunk that drew New Orleans within 102-101 with 47 seconds left, and the Pelicans forced O’Neal to miss on the other end.
Gordon’s 3-pointer from the left baseline rolled around the rim but refused to fall, giving Golden State the victory.
NOTES: Warriors C Andrew Bogut served his one-game suspension for his part in a scuffle with the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. Warriors F Andre Iguodala (strained left hamstring) was not expected to play during the entire trip, which ends Sunday. … Warriors C Ognjen Kuzmic underwent successful surgery on his right hand. He is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks.