OAKLAND — There will be a day, in Anthony Davis’ continuing development as an NBA superstar, where he demands the ball and holds teammates accountable for not giving it to him enough in a loss. Thursday was not that day.
“I don’t care about that,” he said.
Davis was 14-for-19 for 30 points, 15 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 112-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors Thursday night. But he was on the bench for a key 12-0 run in the second quarter, and when he came back in, teammates didn’t get him the ball enough.
Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson shot a combined 11-for-39, and the Pelicans (8-9) lost the opener of their three-game trip out West.
“The ball just did not move the way that it needed to,” New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. “When we came down and tried to go one-on-one, it just looked bad. … Anthony was 14-for-19. He didn’t get enough touches.”
Holiday agreed with that assessment.
“We need to move the ball better and look to Anthony more, especially when we get in trouble,” he said. “He is our guy, so we need to get him the ball.’’
The Warriors defense deserves some credit for the Pelicans’ problems, as they stopped the Pels in transition. The 12-point second quarter, New Orleans’ worst of the season, was only the beginning as Golden State outscored it 43-14 on fast-break points.
Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes scored 23, 19 and 17, points respectively as the Warriors (16-2) won their franchise-record-tying 11th consecutive game. Golden State has beaten New Orleans eight straight times.
“That was the difference in the game,” Davis said. “They got going in transition, and we didn’t. I know I lost my man a couple of times … It’s frustrating.”
The Pelicans actually led 28-22 after the first quarter, but Williams then went with a unit of starting center Omer Asik and backups Austin Rivers, John Salmons, Anderson and Dante Cunningham, who was literally off the street after signing earlier in the day.
The results were disastrous. It was 30-22 when the Warriors went on the 12-0 run. The Pelicans were 0-for-7 with two turnovers in the span of 4:16, while forward Marreesse Speights had six of his 12 points for the Warriors.
Golden State closed the half with an 11-4 spurt and led 53-40 at the break. Eight different players scored for the Warriors in the quarter, which saw them outscore the Pelicans 17-0 on fast breaks.
‘’We rely on defense,’’ Davis said. ‘’We are a defensive-oriented team. When we don’t play defense well, it is very frustrating. We have to defend. … In the second quarter, they just took over.’’
Meanwhile, on the other end, Golden State had 11 steals and forced New Orleans into 17 turnovers.
“We’ve got such versatile defenders and such big wings — we might have the longest team in the NBA,” Thompson said.
Fans and Warriors players did walk away, though, with a new appreciation for Davis, who had his fifth career 30-15 game.
“You saw how wired that kid is,” Thompson said. “He had so many balls off the rim, and he’s so talented. He is one of the bright futures of the NBA.”