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Game Rewind: IND 108, GSW 97
Scott Agness | February 26, 2013 |Tweet
David West, the backbone of the Indiana Pacers (36-21), had another game where he was going to make sure his team finished on top. He scored 12 of his team-high 28 points in the second quarter. Despite a 38-point effort from Golden State Warriors (33-24) point guard Stephen Curry, the Pacers’ balanced attack, led by West, helped give the Pacers their fifth-consecutive win, 108-97.
Curry got hot in a hurry. He scored the first seven points of the game and 10 of the Warriors’ first 12. George Hill, matched up against Curry, saw his quick 10 points and upped the ante, tallying 15 in the opening quarter. The Pacers made seven straight shots and had a six-point lead after 12 minutes of play.
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The second period can best be described as three double-digit runs. Golden State first went on a 13-1 run, which gave the Warriors their largest lead of the game, 38-32. Then, the Pacers responded with a 20-3 spurt, which included 10-consecutive points over about a five minute stretch. Lastly, the Warriors closed the half with 12-2 run, but trailed 54-53.
Just like in the first quarter, the Pacers scored 31 in the third. They outscored the Warriors by 11 to take an 85-73 lead into the fourth, where things got interesting. First, Danny Granger, who was playing in his first home game since May 24th, connected on his only field goal of the night – a pull-up 20-foot jumper on right wing. Excited to see No. 33 back in uniform, the fans gave him a loud ovation when he first checked in and throughout the night.
With 6:09 remaining in the game, a minor altercation occurred away from the ball. Warriors forward David Lee shoved Roy Hibbert, who retaliated with a shove back. The action escalated from there as other players got in the mix but no punches appeared to be thrown. Ultimately, Hibbert received two technical fouls and was ejected. Lee, Curry, David West and Klay Thompson were each given technical fouls.
Indiana’s physical play and double-digit lead clearly bothered another opponent. They didn’t back down, but instead held their composure and supported their teammates. The game was even the rest of the way as the Pacers held on to the 108-97 victory.
Inside the Numbers
David West paced the Pacers with 28 points and seven rebounds. Paul George registered his 18th double-double of the season – 21 points and 11 rebounds.
With a team-high seven assists, (23 points) and one turnover tonight, George Hill has had 48 assists and eight turnovers in the last games.
Stephen Curry posted a new season-high, 38 points on 14-of-20 shooting. David Lee (12 points, 12 rebounds) recorded his 37th double-double, which leads the NBA.
During their five-game winning streak, the Pacers have won by an average of 23.8 points per game.
The Pacers outscored the Warriors in the lane 34-16 and scored 24 points off 14 offensive rebounds.
“He’s got tremendous will and everybody talks about the Pacers don’t have a go-to guy. I just kind of laugh it off because he comes through in the clutch time and time again.” – Frank Vogel on David West
“We should have had two All-Stars this year, just with our success alone but also with the play of D-West all year long. As well as PG has been playing all season, D-West has been our backbone and our horse so we continue to go through him. He brings the competitive spirit to this team.” – George Hill on David West
“It’s the only way we know how to play – that’s together and tough basketball. It’s good the league is not giving us too many fouls and letting us play now but I think it is frustrating teams that aren’t used to playing teams like us.” – Paul George on other teams’ frustration with their physical play
“It’s just two playoff teams. We understood what was at stake. They really put a whooping on us over there in Golden State. Coming in, we really wanted this to be a tough game. We brought the toughness, they brought it too, and because of that tempers are going to flare a little bit.” – Paul George on the shoving
“I felt like those guys attacked Roy, with two or three guys coming after him. We preach and talk about togetherness so that’s a part of what we’re going to do. We’re going to defend one another and not let teams, especially in that instance, just gang up on Roy.” – David West
“It was between me and David Lee. I don’t know why he came at me like that ... In a split second, I saw all my teammates right there with me. Luckily, no punches were thrown or anything like that. They had my back and I appreciated that. I told them in the huddle, ‘I know I’m probably going to get tossed, but win this game.’” – Roy Hibbert
Stat of the Game
The Warriors committed 20 turnovers, which resulted in a season-high 29 points off turnovers for the Pacers.
- The Pacers have won 12 of their last 14 home games against the Warriors, including six-straight.
- Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, who played six seasons with the Pacers, received a loud ovation from the crowed when introduced pregame.
- Between the first and second quarter, the Pacers recognized the late Roger Brown, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this fall. Eight of his ABA teammates were on hand, as well as his widow Jeannie.
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