NEW ORLEANS -- The Warriors' defense locked down in the second half, and Golden State snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 97-87 on Saturday.

Effort on the defensive end became a concern after the Warriors allowed a combined 250 points in losses to Denver and Oklahoma City. It looked as though it could be problematic again after the Warriors yielded 29 first-quarter points to a Pelicans team playing without three starters.

But despite playing the second half of a back-to-back, the Warriors found their defense in the second half to win their sixth straight game in New Orleans. Golden State surrendered just 18 points in the third quarter and only 15 in the fourth, and the Pelicans shot 38.6 percent for the night in dropping their eighth consecutive game.

Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee, front left, drives to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23), point guard
Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee, front left, drives to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23), point guard Tyreke Evans (1) and center Jeff Withey (5)during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. ((AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman))

"The second half, we regrouped, we battled defensively, we took care of the basketball," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Just a quality win for us. These are the games you've got to put in the bank when you have the opportunity to."

The Pelicans were without injured starters Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith -- robbing them of three of their top six scorers and their second-leading rebounder in Smith. Jackson knew this was a game the Warriors couldn't lose.

"This would've been a terrible loss," he said. "When you look at them being short-handed, when you look at us coming off two losses, we had to bounce back, and I'm proud of my guys."


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Stephen Curry scored 28 points despite a 2-of-9 night from beyond the arc. David Lee had 22 points, eight rebounds and even added two blocks. Andrew Bogut was very active with 10 points -- on 5-of-5 shooting -- 15 rebounds and a season-high five blocks.

The first quarter belonged to New Orleans' Anthony Davis, the second-year big man who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2012. He made his first five shots and had 15 points and five rebounds in the opening quarter.

"We gave Davis quite a bit in the first quarter," Lee said.

Davis still had a big night with 31 points and 17 rebounds, but the Warriors were able to control the extent to which he affected the game.

"Our first half wasn't great. We've still got some work to do there," Bogut said. "But in the second half, we defended. We made every opportunity for them tough."

The Warriors can now look ahead to a stretch in which 11 of the next 14 games are at home. That comes after playing an NBA-high 25 road games in their first 42. They're careful to not breathe too much of a sigh of relief as they head home -- especially with the owners of the NBA's best record in town Monday in the Indiana Pacers.

"Just because you're going home doesn't mean success is going to happen," Curry said. "We already proved that theory wrong against Denver before we went on this trip. We're excited to go home, but we have to keep the same energy that we had in the second half tonight."

The Warriors trailed by 11 in the second quarter before going on a 9-0 run to close the gap by halftime. New Orleans was up 54-52 at intermission.

Golden State took a 60-58 lead with 7:46 left in the third on a Curry reverse layup. It was the Warriors' first advantage since it was 2-1, but they never trailed the rest of the night.

The lead pushed to 12, but New Orleans went on a 10-0 run. That's when Jordan Crawford, playing his second game with Golden State, hit a fall-away jumper, then buried a 3-pointer to extend the lead again. He finished with 10 points off the bench.

  • The Warriors' six straight wins in New Orleans is their longest road winning streak against a team since winning seven straight in Dallas from 1991-94.

  • This was the 16th time the Warriors held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting, second in the NBA only to Indiana.

  • The Warriors improved their road record to 14-11.

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