Saturday, December 1st at 10:30 PM EST at Oracle Arena
Game Rewind: IND 92, GSW 103
by Scott Agness
Indiana went into Golden State on the second night of a back-to-back looking to string three wins together against California opponents. The Warriors (10-6) fell behind early, but received big contributions from their frontcourt for a 103-92 win over the Pacers (8-9).
The Pacers went ahead 16-11 early with guard Lance Stephenson contributing eight points, his only points of the night. Stephen Curry picked up two fouls less than three minutes in, but he was still effective as Warriors Coach Mark Jackson kept him on the floor. The Warriors fought back to tie the game at 20 after one period and carried the momentum into the next quarter.
They opened the second on a 12-3 run as the Pacers missed nine of their first 10 shots to start the quarter. The Pacers would battle back, go on a 13-4 run and regain the edge 42-41. That would't last long however, as the Warriors scored the final eight of the half to go into the locker room with a 51-44 lead.
All the energy in the second half belonged to the Warriors. The Pacers weren't playing with the same type of motor they usually do and the bench didn't look engaged. The Warriors used a 9-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 72-56, seven minutes into the third period. Later, Gerald Green and Sam Young would connect on back-to-back three-pointers and David West hit a 13-foot jumper to bring the Pacers within five. Former Pacer Jarrett Jack scored the final nine points of the quarter for the Warriors, including a half-court shot that beat the buzzer, and they took a 82-72 lead into the fourth.
Just over a minute into the final period, Ian Mahinmi scored four straight to cut the Warriors' lead to six, but Indiana wouldn't come any closer. The Warriors defeated the Pacers 103-92 for their third victory in a row.
Inside the Numbers
David West led the Pacers in points (23), rebounds (8), steals (3) and was tied for the most assists (4). George Hill scored 19 points and Roy Hibbert added 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 22 points while Stephen Curry finished with 20 points and a season-high 11 assists. David Lee registered his ninth double-double of the season as he had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Jarrett Jack scored 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting), which tied a season-high, and recorded five points and five assists off the bench against his former team.
Paul George and Tyler Hansbrough failed to score for the first time this year. George was 0-for-7 Saturday and a combined 2-of-18 in his last two games.
The Pacers are 1-3 when allowing at least 100 points.
The Pacers are the best rebounding team in the league but were held to a season-low 36 as they were outrebounded 41-36.
The game was tied at 20 at the end of the first and the Warriors outscored the Pacers in each of the next three quarters.
"Tough night for our club. Obviously you tip your hats to the Warriors for getting red hot from the perimeter especially (Stephen) Curry, (Klay) Thompson and Jarrett Jack, a former Pacer, coming off the bench. Just killing us tonight, he had a heck of a night. We guarded the paint the way that we wanted to, held them to 32 points in the paint but we didn't guard the perimeter well." – Frank Vogel
"He's playing at an all-star level right now. There’s no other way to look at it. He’s carrying the load and he’s helping us tremendously on the defensive end." – Frank Vogel on David West
"It wasn't a bad effort defensively tonight. I think we left it all out there tonight. When a team gets hot a team gets hot and it doesn't matter what you do, things just get rolling... It was just their night shooting from the field. You could tell by the half-court shot at the end of the third quarter." – George Hill
"We pride ourselves on guarding the paint and I think we may have overreacted a little bit on playing David Lee. We gave too much help off of the perimeter on their shooters to help on Lee. Jack got going for them tonight... I thought the difference tonight was that when we cut the game to five, their guys made some tough shots. (Jarrett) Jack came in and played big for them. They made shots and ultimately that was the difference in the game."
"We wanted to force them away from the paint area. We were playing against two big time post players in (Roy) Hibbert and (David) West; those were two different animals that we've been facing recently. Not many teams have two guys like that. There came a point where we wanted to make them uncomfortable and hit them a little a bit by double-teaming and showing that we were crisp with our rotations." – Warriors head coach Mark Jackson
Stat of the Game
The Pacers didn't finish quarters well and were outscored 24-4 by the Warriors – 1st) 4-0, 2nd) 8-0, 3rd) 7-2, 4th) 5-2.
- The Pacers went 2-1 on this three-game trip to the west coast.
- Danny Granger made the trip with the Pacers and joined the team on the bench in dress clothes.
The Pacers will return home for a day before finishing up a four-game road trip in Chicago on Tuesday (8 PM EST).