OAKLAND – The numbers keep coming for the Warriors, the latest on Monday night when a 125-107 victory over New Orleans gave them back-to-back 60-win seasons for the first time in franchise history.
The Warriors (60-6) took control in the middle quarters to push their ongoing NBA-record home win streak to 49. They are 31-0 this season at Oracle Arena.
They remain one game ahead of the pace set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, whose 72-10 record that season is the best in league history.
Stephen Curry, on his 28th birthday, poured in a game-high 27 points while sitting out the fourth quarter. Klay Thompson totaled 18 points, while Marreese Speights and Draymond Green each tossed in 14 and James Michael McAdoo put in a season-high 11 points.
Warriors reserves provided a spark, contributing 55 points as all 12 players that suited up entered the scoring column as the Warriors defeated New Orleans for the 13th time in the last 14 meetings.
Forward/center Anthony Davis finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds to pace New Orleans (24-42), which has lost four in a row and eight of its past nine.
Curry and Green on this night share the honors.
Curry’s line: 27 points (10-of-16 shooting, 4-of-9 from deep), five rebounds, five assists and two steals. He was plus-27 in 31 minutes.
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Green’s line: 14 points (5-of-10 shooting, 1-of-3 from deep), team-high 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and admirable defense on Davis. Green also was plus-27 for 31 minutes.
After Davis made a jumper to pull New Orleans within two (50-48) with 3:01 left in the second quarter, the Warriors responded with a 9-2 run to close the half with a 59-50 lead.
The Warriors built off that in the second half, making a 19-5 opening run to go up 78-55 with 5:11 remaining in the third quarter. The run included Andrew Bogut’s first 3-pointer of the season and third of his career.
The Pelicans got no closer than 18 over the final 17 minutes.
Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L ankle sprain) and Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) were listed as out.
Pelicans: G Norris Cole (back soreness), F Quincy Pondexter (L knee surgery), G Tyreke Evans (R knee surgery), G Eric Gordon (R finger fracture) Bryce Dejean-Jones (R wrist fracture) and C Alexis Ajinca (fractured sternum) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to the court Wednesday night, when they play host to the New York Knicks at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.