(CTN News) – On Wednesday night in San Francisco, the New Orleans Pelicans dominated the Golden State Warriors 141-105 behind Herbert Jones’ early three-point shooting. It took Jonas Valanciunas 21 minutes to score 21 points.
It was only three days after the Pelicans led by more than 50 points while blitzing the host Sacramento Kings 133-100 that they used nine three-point shots – three of them by Jones – in a 46-point firstleft the Warriors in a deep hole from which they recover.
With 19 points, Zion Williamson led eight Pelicans, including all five starters, in double figures, helping New Orleans reach 140 points for the third consecutive game since Dec. 13.
On the final night of a seven-game homestand, the Warriors lost for the fifth time as Moses Moody contributed 21 points off the bench.
A 3-pointer by Jones in the first 56 seconds of the game gave the Pelicans a lead they never relinquished. There were five three-pointers made by Jones and Valanciunas together during their first 15 points, which resulted in a 15-4 lead for the team.
Despite holding a slight lead in the third quarter, the Warriors were unable to mount a dramatic comeback when Brandon Ingram drained a 3-pointer for his fourth shot of the game, triggering another New Orleans runaway.
There were 16 points from Trey Murphy III, 14 from CJ McCollum and Jordan Hawkins, 13 from Ingram, and 12 points from Naji Marshall and Jones for the Pelicans. They shot 57.4 percent overall and 47.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Among New Orleans’ 19 three-pointers, Jones, Murphy and Hawkins each had four.
In addition to Valanciunas’ nine rebounds, McCollum and Williamson combined for 15 assists among the 37 made by the team.
Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Warriors with 29 points, while Brandin Podziemski grabbed nine rebounds despite the Warriors’ season-high point total. Three days earlier, the Raptors had put up 133 points against them in an exhibition game.
In this game, Golden State went on a tear, with Stephen Curry scoring 15 points and six assists, Klay Thompson scoring 13, and Jonathan Kuminga scoring 12, but the Rangers were outscored 57-36 from outside the arc.