New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) looses the ball as he attempts a shot as Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and forward David West (3) during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. ― Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Dec 5 ― Stephen Curry scored 31 points but hobbled off with an injury as the Golden State Warriors mounted a second-half comeback to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-115 in a bruising battle yesterday.
For the second time this season, the Warriors overturned a 20-point half-time deficit to clinch a decisive victory.
Yesterday's win came at a cost though, with Curry leaving the court late in the game after suffering what looked like a nasty twist of his right ankle.
Curry limped off to the locker room for treatment with just under a minute left with the Warriors leading 120-113.
Moments earlier, Warriors star Kevin Durant had been ejected for the third time this season after clashing with DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins appeared to connect with a glancing headbutt during an on-court confrontation before both players were tossed.
Durant's ejection and Curry's injury were the final twists of an absorbing encounter which saw the Pelicans surge into a 69-49 half-time lead at the Smoothie King Center in Louisiana.
Jrue Holiday led the scoring for New Orleans with 34 points with E'Twaun Moore adding 27 points.
Cousins had a double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists but ultimately Golden State reeled in the Pelicans with a dazzling second-half display.
The Warriors won the third quarter 39-22 and outscored New Orleans 37-24 in the fourth quarter.
With Curry adding 31, Klay Thompson was the next highest scorer with 22.