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While I think there are some questions about his defense and his fit, I also believe Cousins raises the Warriors' ceiling higher than it would be without him.

The Clippers were without high-scoring reserve guard Lou Williams because of a hamstring injury and lost starting forward Danilo Gallinari after one quarter because of lower back spasms.

"No, I wasn't going to return against them", Cousins told Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. Kerr will probably ease him into the flow and see if his Achilles can endure the stress of live game action. He shot 5 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, while adding six rebounds. He proceeded to play in 48 games before suffering the season-ending injury past year, and over the span of 65 games in New Orleans left a strong impression. Thanks to Anthony Davis' 30 points and 18 rebounds, which helped Pelicans to score a total of 140 points in the game.

"I felt like a kid on Christmas", Cousins said.

It was merely victory No. 21 for New Orleans, just past the midway point of the long 82-game schedule, but the Pelicans are hopeful Monday's win on the LA Clippers' home floor will represent more than just another triumph. That mark is two more than the Warriors and Sacramento Kings achieved in a game on January 5.

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Warner will leave the tournament early to have his injury assessed, joining his former skipper Steve Smith in the injured list. He is however expected to return well in time for Australia's first match at the World Cup in England on June 1.

The Warriors dropped 81 points in the final two stanzas with Curry himself accounting for 23 points and six three-pointers in the third quarter alone. "But on this team we got a lot of guys who have the ball in their hands, so it will take some time for sure". The Warriors signed him in July.

Marco Belinelli canned two crucial free throws with 4.2 seconds left to play, and LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 25 points as San Antonio outlasted Minnesota in Minneapolis in a game featuring 27 lead changes and 17 ties through the middle of the fourth quarter.

"He does so many things well for them", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "So I thank them, and like I said, this was one of the best days of my life". Booed the first time he touched the basketball, the big man received a standing ovation from the Golden State fans who were still present when he fouled out with 51 seconds to play in the game. Even if they expressed optimism based on how hard Cousins has been working, they couldn't be sure until the real games started.

"This is not the end of the story", Kerr said. "It's the middle and there's a long way to go".