Steph Curry cites the Warriors’ unmatched competitive spirit for the win over Pelicans

Steph cites Dubs’ unmatched fighting spirit for beating Pels originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

The Warriors looked like a broken team for the first 24 minutes of their game against the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night at the Chase Center.

But the Warriors looked like a completely different team in the second half as they made up a 17-point halftime deficit and ran away with a 120-109 win

The story of the final 24 minutes was that Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson led the Warriors to a win they needed in a hard-fought Western Conference playoff race.

In clutch moments, Curry is confident the Warriors can summon the championship DNA that has allowed them to win countless high-pressure games.

“We know how late it is in the season and we face a lot of adversity throughout the year,” Curry told Bonta Hill, Chris Mullin and Festus Ezeli on Warriors Postgame Live immediately after the game. “Even in that first half nothing went your way. We’ve had some self-inflicted wounds so the only thing we have is Draymond’s fire in the first half, the ultimate testament and visual sign of what a competitive spirit we have is second to none and has been for a decade.

“In order for us to take advantage of that, we understand that we have to play better and be more consistent. We need to figure out our rotations and stuff like that. But that belief and that killer instinct – the three guys that are on this pitch, myself, Draymond, Klay – we made it. We know and our boys are starting to find out.

Curry finished the game with 39 points, including 22 in the second half, and finished the game with eight assists and eight rebounds.

Green lit a fire among the Warriors in a dysfunctional first half and it paid off in a masterful second half. While the Warriors’ heartbeat picked up a flagrant 1 foul, his 17th technical foul, and had five fouls, he forced Golden State to win. By the end of the night, Green had eight points, 13 assists, six rebounds and was a game-strength 26 up.

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After a costly loss to the Timberwolves on Sunday night, the Warriors’ win over the Pelicans moves them back to sixth place in the West, a half game ahead of Minnesota and a game and a half ahead of New Orleans.

Golden State couldn’t have won Tuesday’s game without the thick skin they’ve developed over the past decade.

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