OAKLAND – The Warriors on Thursday won their 11th consecutive game, matching the franchise record, with a 112-85 dispatching of the Pelicans before a sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.
Five players scored in double figures, with Klay Thompson leading the way with 23 points. Stephen Curry added 19 points and Harrison Barnes scored 17, with Marreese Speights putting in 12.
Draymond Green finished with 14 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.
The Warriors started sluggishly but pushed their record to an NBA-best 16-2 with a 31-12 second quarter, after which they never allowed New Orleans (8-9) to get back into the game. The Warriors led by as much as 25.
Running at every opportunity, the Warriors scored 43 fast-break points to only 14 such points for the Pelicans. And despite the looming presence of New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, the Warriors relentlessly attacked the paint, where they posted 62-48 advantage.
Davis led New Orleans with 30 points and 15 rebounds.
The Warriors win streak ties the record set by the 1971-72 Warriors coached by Al Attles.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Special mention goes to Thompson, who not only submitted a nice statistical line – five assists, four rebounds and two steals in addition to his point total –but also harassed Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans into a 4-of-15 shooting night.
Barnes, once again, was quietly proficient, shooting 7-of-12 and pulling down 10 rebounds.
TURNING POINT: Down 30-22 with 11: 20 left in the second quarter, Warriors reserves went on a 12-0 run to go up 34-30 with 7:31 left in the quarter.
That lead swelled to 13 as the Warriors starters returned and picked up where the bench left off, going on a 13-6 run to close the half with a 53-40 lead.
The Warriors, outscoring the Pelicans 31-12 in the second quarter, maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
INJURY UPDATE: F David Lee (strained left hamstring) has been out since Nov. 5 and remains out indefinitely. He is scheduled to undergo reevaluation next week.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors on Friday fly from Oakland to Chicago, where on Saturday night they play the Bulls at United Center.