Notebook: Warriors 103, Pacers 92



Posted Dec 2, 2012 1:48 AM

By Geoff Lepper, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Stephen Curry had 20 points and 11 assists and Jarrett Jack poured home 14 of his 18 points in the second half as the Golden State Warriors beat the Indiana Pacers 103-92 Saturday night. The Warriors, who have won five of their last six overall and five straight at home, got a team-high 22 points from Klay Thompson despite the guard missing his last nine shots of the evening.

David West had 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead Indiana, which had a three-game road winning streak snapped on the second half of a back-to-back.

QUOTABLE: "Give our ownership and our front office a lot of credit, because there were some people that were saying, 'We know he's a good player, but let's hold off on signing him.' We knew exactly who he was as a basketball player, person and face of this franchise. He's playing on a level that we thought we would play at. Leading his team, making plays down the stretch, defending -- it's great to see."

-- Warriors coach Mark Jackson on Curry

THE STAT: Coming on the heels of a 20-point, 10-assist performance against Denver on Thursday, this marks the first time Curry has put together back-to-back 20-10 games in his NBA career.

TURNING POINT: The Pacers fell behind by 16 points midway through the third quarter, but closed to within 77-72 on West's fadeaway 13-footer with 32.6 seconds remaining in the quarter. Jack responded with a 7-foot floater after driving past D.J. Augustin. Then, after an offensive foul by Pacers center Ian Mahinmi with 1.9 seconds left, Jack took the inbounds pass, used one dribble to center himself and threw up a shot from two-thirds court -- estimated at 57 feet by the Warriors' stat crew -- that rattled once and stayed down, giving Golden State an 82-72 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

HOT: Jack set his season high Thursday with 18 points against the Nuggets, then matched it two days later thanks to an 8-for-9 shooting night. Jack was 4-for-4 in the third quarter, including his buzzer-beating heave, for nine points. He also tallied five rebounds and five assists.

QUOTABLE II: "I gave it a little shot-put thingy off my shoulder, kind of. I just tried to get some air underneath it. There was some time on the clock. I knew there was a chance to get a shot up. Some guys get discouraged with shooting that shot, it messes with your [3-point] percentage. But who knows? What if it would have come down to us winning the game by three points? It could have been that shot."

-- Warriors' Jarrett Jack on his epic heave

NOT: Indiana sorely missed small forward Danny Granger, who routinely feasted on the Warriors (career averages against Golden State: 23.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game). Paul George was a particularly poor replacement Saturday, going 0-for-7 -- 0-for-5 behind the arc -- and ending up scoreless.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Thompson carried his sizzling form from the end of November into December. In his last five games, the second-year guard -- who played Saturday in his 82nd career game after a lockout-truncated rookie campaign -- is averaging 21.2 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting, 36.1 percent behind the arc, vast improvements on his first couple of weeks this season.

NOTABLE: The Warriors (10-6) stayed tied atop the Pacific Division with the Clippers. . . . Golden State is four games above .500 for the first time since starting 2010-11 at 6-2. . . . By a 41-36 count, the Warriors outrebounded the Pacers, who came in ranked No. 1 in total boards per game at 48.06. Golden State is 10-1 when winning that category, 0-5 when losing it.

UP NEXT: For the Pacers, Tuesday @ Chicago, Wednesday vs. Portland, Friday vs. Denver. For the Warriors, Monday vs. Orlando, Wednesday @ Detroit, Friday @ Brooklyn.