Warriors pounded in Game 3 by blizzard of Pelicans 3-pointers

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NEW ORLEANS -- Any chance of the Warriors sweeping through the Western Conference Semifinals ended Friday, buried under relentless grit and a blizzard of 3-point shots by the Pelicans.

A 119-100 loss to New Orleans before a roaring throng at Smoothie King Center left the defending champs with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Four Warriors scored in double digits, led by Klay Thompson’s 26 points. Kevin Durant put in 22 and Stephen Curry 19 but was only 6-of-19 from the field. The Warriors shot 38 percent from the field.

The Pelicans not only crushed every Warriors rally but also burned them with 45.2- percent shooting (14-of-31) beyond the arc. The Warriors shot 29 percent (9-of-31) from deep.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Nobody played particularly well for the Warriors, but there was some satisfaction in Thompson having a bounce-back shooting night.

Thompson’s line: 26 points (9-of-22 shooting, including 3-of-9 beyond the arc, 5-of-5 from the line) and seven rebounds. He played 36 minutes and finished minus-26.

Thompson scored 20 points in the third quarter, a career-high for points in a quarter of a playoff game, besting his 19-point fourth quarter in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals at Oklahoma City.

TURNING POINT

After Warriors wiped out most of a 15-point deficit by posting a 35-point second quarter and pulling within six at the half (62-56), New Orleans opened the third quarter with a 28-9 run, taking a 90-65 lead when Anthony Davis hit two free throws with 2:13 left in the quarter.

New Orleans took a 92-75 lead into the fourth quarter, during which the Warriors got no closer than 15.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) was listed as out.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), DeMarcus Cousins (L Achilles rupture) and G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

Game 4 is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Smoothie King Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 11:00 a.m., with postgame coverage immediately after the ABC telecast.

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