In a hard-fought game that featured a bench-clearing altercation in the fourth quarter, the Warriors fell to the Pacers 108-97. Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with a season-high 38 points on 14-of-20 shooting including seven three-pointers. David Lee registered his league-leading 37th double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Carl Landry almost had one of his own with 11 points & 9 boards. The Warriors will look to bounce back Wednesday when they take on the Knicks in New York.
On the fight and how it started:
"I’m not sure."
On his team's performance:
"We didn’t take care of the basketball on the road against a good team; you can’t give the extra possessions and we were careless with the basketball. We got away with it in Minnesota the other night, truth be told; the Pacers are a different team and a better team and we paid the price tonight."
On his team's improvement:
"They’re pros, they compete, they enjoy the game of basketball. We take pride and we defend. Our team has changed the culture; I’m extremely proud of each and every guy. They’ve worked hard and they’re enjoying the fruits of hard work."
On being back in Indiana:
"It’s great to be back; the fans are incredible. The fans have been great to me; I had a blast here. I have a lot of great memories; a lot of great teammates that are friends for life. It’s good to see Donnie (Walsh) sitting over there. It’s good to see this franchise back to where it’s supposed to be."
On the physical play of the game:
"Indiana’s a very physical team. They’re one of the most physical teams if not the most physical team in the East. We beat them at our place and expected them to come back at us tonight."
On the game:
"They just out played us. They had more guys contribute then we did. Turnovers were key tonight."
On the difference in the game tonight:
"They made one more run than we did. In the third quarter we were able to keep it close. But they fed off their home crowd. David West was big for them tonight. We played pretty well but turned the ball over too much. And you can’t do that on the road."
On his shooting:
"I started shooting pretty well in the first quarter and was trying to find some good looks. Hopefully I can keep it going the rest of the road trip."
WE'RE GOING STREAKING
The Warriors have won three-straight games and can really build some momentum with continued success on this five-game road trip. The Warriors have been especially streaky as of late, as their last 21 games have gone as follows: lose three, win three, lose two, win four, lose six, win three. The Warriors will look to build on its current streak with Tuesday's contest in Indiana, which might just be the biggest challenge the Warriors face for the remainder of the road trip.
LAST TIME OUT
After trailing by 13 points in Friday’s overtime win against the Spurs, the Warriors made another fourth quarter comeback in Sunday’s 100-99 win in Minnesota. Jarrett Jack got the Warriors going after a slow start and finished with 23 points and eight assists while David Lee turned in his 21st 20-and-10 game of the season with 22 points and 13 boards. Carl Landry also had a big game with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Dubs, who came back from a nine-point deficit in the final period. The Warriors held Minnesota to 5-for-17 shooting in the fourth quarter, and the game wasn’t sealed until Stephen Curry secured a rebound of a last-second Timberwolves miss in the final period.
JACK IS BACK
Jarrett Jack missed three games earlier this month with a right shoulder contusion, and perhaps it’s no coincidence that the Warriors lost all three of those games. Jack has been incredibly valuable to the team all season, and never has that been more evident than over the last two games. The veteran guard is a backup in title only, as he is on the court when it matters most. He made two of the team’s biggest shots in Friday’s home win over the Spurs, including a three-pointer that put the Warriors ahead by two in the last 10 seconds of regulation, and on Sunday he put the team on his shoulders after a slow start. The Warriors trailed by as many as 16 in the first quarter, and without Jack’s 14 points in the period, the deficit would probably have been too big to overcome. More on Jarrett Jack
GIVING DAVID HIS DUE
As valuable as Jack has been, there’s no question that the Warriors would not have been able to win these last two games without the contributions of David Lee. The 2013 All-Star forward has 47 points and 35 rebounds during that stretch, and he has been leading the NBA in double-doubles and 20-and-10 games for the majority of the season. In addition, he ranks 12th in the NBA in scoring (19.2 ppg), seventh in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and first among power forwards in assists (3.7 apg).
INDIANA SCOUTING REPORT
The Pacers are riding a four-game winning streak and have been especially tough at home, where they are 23-5 this season. Indiana is the league’s best defensive and rebounding team, so there’s no question that the Warriors will need to bring their A-game on Tuesday. While the Pacers have been successful all season, they’ll also be fueled by the return of Danny Granger, the team’s leading scorer for the past five years, who will be playing his first home game of the season after recovering from a knee injury. Granger will join a club that has been getting it done with first time All-Star Paul George leading the way (17.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 4.0 apg) with valuable support from veteran forward David West (17.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.0 apg) and George Hill (14.6 ppg).
GSW: Andrew Bogut (back spasms) is questionable. Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.