INDIANAPOLIS (NBA.com exclusive) -- As Danny Granger sees it, successful NBA teams must not only play with injuries, but win despite them.
Lately, the Indiana Pacers have been able to do just that.
Granger, the Pacers' All-Star forward, had one of his best shooting games of the season, scoring 31 points to help Indiana overcome yet another injury -- this one to improving point guard T.J. Ford -- in a 108-94 victory over the struggling Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
"You have to keep going, pushing ahead," said Granger, who shot 50 percent in leading the Pacers (3-3) to a third consecutive victory.
Ford, who scored 18 points with no turnovers in a victory over Washington on Friday, left the game in the first quarter with back spasms and did not return.
The Pacers entered the game without forwards Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy and guard Travis Diener, as well as center Jeff Foster. Forward Tyler Hansbrough recently returned from a shin condition.
How beat up are the Pacers? Before Wednesday, they hadn't played in four days and coach Jim O'Brien is giving them Thursday off -- by necessity.
"We wouldn't be able to field enough guys to practice," he said.
Granger altered his approach early against Golden State after struggling at times in the season's first five games.
Rather than start the game shooting 3-pointers, Granger said he was more aggressive driving to the basket. He shot 4-of-6 in the first quarter, and did the same in the second quarter, finishing the half with 17 points. Granger, who entered the game shooting 38.7 percent, also had a game- and career-high 16 rebounds.
"Sometimes, it takes time to get into the flow of the game," Granger said. "Everybody goes through a slump occasionally, but I know if I keep putting it up sooner or later it's going to all come together. I hope tonight is a good indicator of what I'm going to do from here on out."
Hansbrough, the Pacers' first-round selection in the 2009 Draft, played for the second time this season. After scoring 13 points and providing good energy in his debut four nights before, Hansbrough scored 11 points and had eight rebounds Wednesday, shooting 3-of-12 from the floor.
"I feel like I did some good things, but I also did some bad things," Hansbrough said. "I'm still trying to get in the flow of things. The more I play and the more experience I get, the more I can help this team."
The Pacers, who lost their first three games of the season, continued to show improvement against struggling teams.
While the Pacers' first three opponents -- Atlanta (5-2 entering Wednesday night), Miami (6-1) and Denver (6-2) -- are expected to contend for the postseason, the last three opponents are under .500: New York (1-7), Washington (2-6) and Golden State (now 2-5).
Whatever the record of the opponent, the Pacers -- widely expected to be a productive offensive team this season -- continued to have success on defense. After allowing 106 points per game in their opening three games, the Pacers have allowed 89, 86 and 94 points in their last three.
Golden State entered averaging 110.7 points per game, second in the NBA, and scored 146 points in a victory over the Timberwolves on Monday.
"It's great, especially Golden State -- regardless of their record, they put up a lot of points," Granger said."They scored 146 the other night, so it says something about how our defense has improved."
The Pacers started quickly, shooting 50 percent in the first quarter and taking a 32-28 lead. They stretched that lead to 64-47 at halftime. Indiana kept the lead at at least 14 through the third quarter, and after the Warriors pulled to within seven, 98-91, with 3:00 remaining, they could get no closer.
Stephen Jackson, a former Pacers forward now unhappy and wanting out of Golden State, scored just seven points. He played 17:56, and Warriors coach Don Nelson attributed Jackson's lack of minutes to a "sore back or something."
"I didn't think he was moving well, so I didn't expect him to give me much," Nelson said.
Jackson said afterward he was fine.
"My back's not sore at all," he said. "Maybe just a little scratch. I just want to play. Regardless of where I'm at, I want to play. I have control over that. I don't care where I'm at, whether I'm in Africa or wherever, I just want to play. Everybody knows the situation here. Everybody expects me to blow up or something, but I'm not going to do that. I respect the coach always."