Jackson Lifts Pacers to Fourth Straight Win
Indiana 107, Golden State 95
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 10 (Ticker) -- This time, Anthony Johnson had a hand in sending the Golden State Warriors to a loss.
Johnson scored 23 points and Stephen Jackson also had a huge night as the Indiana Pacers extended their winning streak to four games with a 107-95 triumph over the Warriors.
On Friday, the Pacers held a 32-24 lead after the opening 12 minutes and were in front by as many as 19 points in the third quarter. But the Warriors battled back, closing to 82-75 after a 39-point third quarter.
However, Johnson made sure the Pacers would not squander the lead. After Peja Stojakovic scored six straight points to give Indiana an 89-80 lead with 7:46 remaining, Golden State answered with a 10-2 surge to pull within one on Mickael Pietrus' 3-pointer with 5:20 to go.
"Once they cut the lead to 91-90, it was time for somebody to step up and make some plays," Johnson said. "Guys were finding me in some good spots and I was able to knock down shots that helped us win the game."
Jackson, who scored 30 points, hit two foul shots and Jeff Foster's free throw pushed the advantage back to four. Johnson then nailed a shot from long range and, after a Jackson steal, hit another shot from the arc just over a minute later to make it 102-92 with 2:22 left.
"It was a deceptive final score," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "It was obviously a very difficult game. Our bench struggled, but the guys that started held it together. Anthony Johnson played just a tremendous all around game. He's really playing at a high level right now. He is getting the job done, simply as that."
Jackson, who had 12 third-quarter points to help Indiana to its largest lead, made all three 3-pointers and 11-of-13 foul shots. Johnson netted 3-of-4 shots from the arc and handed out six assists.
"They kept playing," said Jackson, who's averaging 25.0 points the last three games. "We ran out of gas for a minute, but we were able to pick it back up. We didn't play good team defense like we have the last few games, but a win is a win, and we'll take it."
Stojakovic finished with 23 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 50 percent (9-of-18) from long range.
"This is an important win for us tonight," Stojakovic said. "Stephen and I are still feeling each other out. (As we play more together) we'll continue to get better and better, and the team will get better and better. Very important win."
Pietrus had 23 points and hit 4-of-5 shots from long range and Baron Davis collected 19 and seven assists for the Warriors, who fell to 0-2 on their three-game road trip.
"This was the same situation as that one," said Davis referring to Indiana's earlier win in Oakland. "We didn't move the ball. We finally started to and we found a way to exploit them at the offensive end. But in the fourth quarter, we got away from that."