Anthony Davis had 33 points, 18 rebounds and four steals as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated Golden State 119-100 on Friday night to trim the Warriors' series lead to 2-1.
Davis was dominant around the basket, scoring numerous times on dunks of the driving, put-back or alley-oop variety, and the Pelicans outscored the Warriors 54-36 in the paint.
Golden State shot uncharacteristically poorly from outside, missing 22 of 31 3-point attempts and finishing at 38 per cent shooting (35 of 92) overall.
Klay Thompson scored 26, Kevin Durant had 22, Stephen Curry, playing in his second game and making his first start since returning from a knee injury, scored 19 and Draymond Green had 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors.
Davis had two quick baskets as New Orleans began the third quarter with a 10-2 run to build a 72-58 lead.
Green made a free throw, but Davis scored six more points as they Pelicans took an 83-63 lead.
They led by as many as 25 before Durant scored seven points during an 10-2 run that cut New Orleans' lead to 92-75 after three quarters.
Shaun Livingston scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 15.
Game 4 will be played Sunday afternoon in New Orleans (Monday AEST).