Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Ingram shook off a recent shooting slump and scored a game-high 32 points as the host New Orleans Pelicans (14-25) defeated the short-handed Golden State Warriors (29-9) 101-96 (16-22, 31-24, 28-26, 26-24) on Thursday night.

Player of the Game
Brandon  Ingram
EFF
35
Brandon Ingram
Points 32
Accuracy 12-20
Rebounds 11
Assists 6

Ingram had averaged 13 points (nine below his season-long average) and shot 22.2 percent from the floor (8 of 36), including one of 11 3-pointers, in his first two games back from a two-game absence due to Achilles soreness. But against the Warriors, he made 12 of 20 shots in addition to grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.

Josh Hart added 14 points, Herb Jones scored 13 and Gary Clark had 10 off the bench as the Pelicans ended a three-game losing streak during which they had allowed an average of 124.7 points.

The Warriors played without Steph Curry, who suffered a quad contusion in a 99-82 loss at Dallas on Wednesday, and Draymond Green, who has a sore hip.

Andrew Wiggins led the way with 21 points, Jonathan Kuminga scored 13, Damion Lee had 12, Jordan Poole 11, and Moses Moody 10.

The Pelicans scored the first four points of the third quarter to take a 51-46 lead. They held a six-point advantage before the Warriors scored seven straight to move ahead 57-56.

Ingram scored his first four points of the second half and added an assist to help New Orleans to a 64-59 lead.

Golden State took a brief two-point lead before Ingram, Clark, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker each made a 3-pointer as the Pelicans took a 75-72 lead at the end of the third quarter.

New Orleans scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and increased the lead to nine on a basket by Hart.

The Warriors scored the next four points, but Ingram answered with a driving basket that sparked a five-point spurt for a 92-82 lead with 2:28 to play.

Poole scored seven points as Golden State climbed within 96-93 with 42 seconds left, aided by two Pelicans turnovers. New Orleans made five of six free throws to maintain control.

Pelicans: Brandon Ingram 32 (11/16 2PT, 7/8 FT, 11 REB, 6 AST), Josh Hart 14 (1/5 3PT, 5/6 FT, 6 REB), Herbert Jones 13 (4/8 2PT, 5/6 FT, 6 REB, 5 STL), Gary Clark 10 (3/4 trit., REB).

Warriors: Andrew Wiggins 21 (6/11 dvit., 1/6 trit., 6/7 baud.), Jonathan Kuminga 13 (6/12 dvit., 6 atk. kam.), Damion Lee 12 (4/6 dvit., 4 per. kam.), Jordan Poole 11 (2/9 trit., 5 rez. perd., 3 per. kam.), Moses Moody 10 (5 atk. kam.), Nemanja Bjelica 9.

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New Orleans Pelicans
Golden State Warriors
43%
35/82
Field goals
43%
37/87
54
Rebounds
52
20
Assists
22
7
Steals
13
56%
27/48
2-pointers
56%
30/54
24%
8/34
3-pointers
21%
7/33

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Brandon  Ingram
32 PTS
12/20 FG
7/8 FT
Andrew  Wiggins
21 PTS
7/17 FG
6/7 FT
Brandon  Ingram
11 REB
9 DREB
2 OREB
Kevon  Looney
9 REB
6 DREB
3 OREB
Brandon  Ingram
6 As
3 TO
35 MIN
Andre  Iguodala
7 As
2 TO
20 MIN
Brandon  Ingram
35 EFF
69% 2P%
25% 3P%
Damion  Lee
16 EFF
67% 2P%
25% 3P%