The Golden State Warriors cruised to 67 wins this regular season, causing some pundits to wonder if they would be able transcend adversity in a tight playoff game. Monday's Game 2 of their first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans will not end that conversation, but it does suggest that the West's No. 1 seed can find plenty of ways to win when they aren't lighting up the scoreboard.
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The Warriors withstood an early surge from the Pelicans and got a tremendous and necessary fourth-quarter performance from All-Star guard Klay Thompson for a 97-87 victory at Oracle Arena, opening up their first 2-0 series lead since 1989 as the action shifts to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans for Thursday's Game 3. The Pelicans played well enough to make their upcoming two home games interesting, but it's possible that they just lost their best chance to take a game in Oakland.
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