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Kevin Durant says he needs to be more poised after 3rd ejection

Postgame recap Warriors 125 Pelicans 115 Postgame recap Warriors 125 Pelicans 115
Angelica Greene | 06 December, 2017, 00:25

The Pelicans were seemingly doing nearly everything right - one of the few ways to topple the excellence of these Warriors.

The reigning National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors defeated Rajon Rondo and the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, winning 125-115 at Smoothie King Center.

New Orleans (12-12) was led by Jrue Holiday's season-high 34 points and E'Twaun Moore's career-high 28 points.

The Warriors (19-6) trailed by as many as 21 points late in the second quarter and by 20 at half-time, but they rallied to beat the Pelicans for the 20th time in their last 21 meetings.

"But I've got to be more poised".

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The Warriors almost erased their entire halftime deficit in the third quarter, outscoring New Orleans 39-22 to trail just 91-88 entering the fourth quarter. "The fact that's he's day-to-day is great", Gentry said. "We know that he plays that way, so I can't get involved with that - that's just who he is, I've got to be me".

But, in their famous fashion, the super-shooting Warriors popped the Pelicans repeatedly in the third quarter, washing away New Orleans' 20-point halftime lead with a 15-0 run to begin the period and halting an ongoing celebration the Smoothie King Center that began prematurely.

Suddenly, the defending National Basketball Association champs will have to talk about more than erasing a 20-point halftime deficit on the second night of a back-to-back on the road. "It's late in the game". Klay Thompson added 21 markers, with four treys, while Draymond Green and Kevin Durant scored 19 apiece.

Then the final blow. Golden State coach Steve Kerr called the one-game suspension of G Shaun Livingston and the one-week suspension of referee Courtney Kirkland fair for their roles in a head-butting incident Sunday in the Warriors' 123-95 road victory over Miami.

After being tossed Friday night in Orlando, Durant exchanged words with Pelicans' big man DeMarcus Cousins in the waning moments and both players were sent off the floor by the officials.

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