User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools
 
Recap: Warriors 93, Pelicans 72
Line Movements
Date: March 18, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
  

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Stephen Curry's effortless-looking 3-pointer from 29 feet away symbolized how right things have gone for Golden State during the first two games of a meaningful late-season road trip.

Looking to lead his team into the playoffs, Curry scored 30 points and the Warriors won easily for the second straight night, 93-72 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Monday.

Advertisement

``This is a game that validates last night, how big a win that was for us to start the road trip,' Curry said, alluding to Golden State's 30-point victory at Houston on Sunday. ``If you drop an egg tonight it means nothing, so - a big win for us.'

David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 13 points for the Warriors (39-30), who continued to solidify their postseason credentials with 13 games remaining.

``We're a good team. We're focused on a mission and we never lost confidence in the down part of the year that we had the last couple months,' Curry said, referring to a 3-10 stretch spanning from early February to early March. ``We feel like when we're on top of our game and locked in and everybody's healthy and ready to go, we're a team to be reckoned with and match up with anybody.'

After scoring 29 points at Houston, Curry made 10 of his 19 field goal attempts in New Orleans, hitting six 3s on nine attempts.

Andrew Bogut anchored the Warriors' defense with four blocks and nine rebounds to go with his eight points.

``We understood what we had to do coming in here,' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. ``That didn't mean we were going to win, but if we were going to lose, we were going to lose with energy, effort and efficiency. We did those things and came up with a big win.

``I'm proud of my guys,' Jackson added, satisfied with how his players have responded to a mid-season swoon in which it looked like they might fade from contention. ``We're not going anywhere.'

Ryan Anderson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets (22-46), who came in tied with Phoenix for the Western Conference's worst record and lost their fourth straight game. Anthony Davis added 16 points, while Greivis Vasquez had 14 points and nine assists. The Hornets, who lost in Minnesota on Sunday, were playing without guard Eric Gordon, who has rested his right knee on the second of back-to-back games this season.

``We took a lot of bad shots,' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. ``It's a challenge to try to manufacture your offense with guys who are trying their best to make shots when we don't have a guy to get it done, get the ball and go to the basket. (Golden State) had a number of guys who could do that.'

Curry twice hit 3s to give Golden State 10-point leads in the third quarter, and the Warriors led by as many as 13 when Bogut's jump hook made it 59-46.

The Hornets used a 7-2 run highlighted by Davis' alley-oop jam and Anderson's 3 to pull back to 62-55, but the Warriors pushed their lead back up to 13 when Curry drained his 29-footer.

``It didn't know where I was,' Curry said. ``I just felt confident enough that I could take it and make it.'

New Orleans looked to make one last push when Vasquez's 3 cut it to 80-72 with 5:50 left, then Lee and Bogut each scored four points and Curry added his final 3 from the right corner during a 13-0 run to close out the game.

``We gave them too many open looks,' Anderson said. ``They're a very good-shooting team and you can't let them get loose. They hit some big shots when we tried to cut the lead several times. We just couldn't get over the hump.'

Golden State was a bit shaky early, missing eight straight to end the first period, as well as its first shot of the second. The Hornets took advantage, going ahead 24-19 when Anderson scored eight straight points on a step-back jumper, four free throws and a reverse layup.

New Orleans led 34-30 on Vasquez's floater with 5:48 left in the half, but the Hornets then stumbled offensively while Golden State began to look more like its usual high-scoring self. Jarrett Jack's hesitation move in the lane lured Vasquez into a foul on a made floater, igniting a 15-2 run to close the quarter. Curry made two jumpers during the spurt, Thompson added a 3 and Lee scored twice inside, the second basket putting the Warriors ahead 45-36 at halftime.

Notes: The Warriors had never before won back-to-back road games by 20 or more points apiece. ... Golden State improved to 13-2 when holding an opponent below 40 percent shooting. ... The Warriors wrap up their three-game road trip Wednesday night at San Antonio. ... On the same day the Hornets signed him to a second, 10-day contract, guard Terrell Harris played a season-high 28 minutes, finishing with a season highs in points (4) and rebounds (5), along with two blocked shots, an assist and a steal. His previous season high for minutes was 12 when he was with Miami earlier this season. ... The Hornets play the second game of their six-game homestand Wednesday night against Boston.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 GSW  -165   -4   195.5 
 NOR  +145   +4   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 GSW  -170   -4   195.5 
 NOR  +150   +4   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 GSW  89%   78%   29% 
 NOR  11%   22%   71% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Jan 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 GSW 116 Cover: 9 
 NOR 112 Over: 228 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Dec 18, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 NOR 96 Cover: 0.5 
 GSW 103 Over: 199 
 Tools:   Recaps

 NBA RECAPS
 Monday, Mar 18
 
    Trail Blazers at 76ers
7:05 PM EDT
    Pacers at Cavaliers
7:05 PM EDT
    Wizards at Bobcats
7:05 PM EDT
    Mavericks at Hawks
7:35 PM EDT
    Nets at Pistons
7:35 PM EDT
    Heat at Celtics
8:05 PM EDT
    Warriors at Pelicans
8:05 PM EDT
    Nuggets at Bulls
8:05 PM EDT
    Timberwolves at Grizzlies
8:05 PM EDT
    Lakers at Suns
10:05 PM EDT
    Knicks at Jazz
10:35 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!