Warriors take control early to win 11th straight

Ben Margot/APWarriors center Andrew Bogut throws down a slam over the Pelicans' Tyreke Evans.

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry had 19 points and a season-high 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-85 on Thursday night for their 11th consecutive win.

Harrison Barnes added 17 points and 10 rebounds while Draymond Green had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Golden State, which improved to an NBA-best 16-2.

The winning streak matches the longest in Warriors history. The 1971-72 team also won 11 straight.

Golden State needed a late burst to hold off Orlando and keep the streak going earlier this week. The Warriors also got off a slow start against New Orleans before pulling away behind a 20-4 run in the second quarter for their eighth consecutive win over the Pelicans.

Anthony Davis had his 12th double-double for New Orleans with 30 points and 15 rebounds.

The Pelicans were coming off a 112-104 win against Oklahoma City on Tuesday and coach Monty Williams joked before the game against Golden State about holding Curry and Thompson scoreless.

Wishful thinking.

Curry helped keep the Warriors close in the first quarter until Thompson — who missed seven of his first eight shots — got going. The duo combined for 12 of Golden State's final 16 points in the second quarter then teamed up for 10 more in the third when the Warriors led by as many as 22.

New Orleans, which signed embattled forward Dante Cunningham before the game, couldn't keep up.

The Pelicans shot 41.6 percent from the floor but went only 3 of 15 from 3-point range and were outrebounded 56-47.

Golden State started off sluggishly and trailed the entire first quarter while shooting 35.7 percent. They were down by eight early in the second before going on a 20-4 run to take the lead for good.

TIP-OFFS

Pelicans: Williams said the team has not made a decision if injured guard Eric Gordon should have surgery on his left shoulder. Gordon tore his labrum when he separated his shoulder in a collision with Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke on Nov. 22.

Warriors: Center Andrew Bogut has 14 blocked shots in his last three games. … Green's 14 rebounds matched his career high. … F David Lee sat out again with a strained left hamstring but coach Steve Kerr left open the possibility that Lee could play Monday in Minneapolis.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Warriors: At Chicago on Saturday.

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