The Indiana Pacers Justin Holiday (8) and the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) chase down the basketball in the second half of Wed Feb 24, 2021’s NBA contest in Indianapolis (AP News photo)
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Golden State Warriors gained a measure of revenge Wednesday night as they beat the Indiana Pacers 111-107. The Pacers beat the Warriors 104-95 on January 12th at the Chase Center.
The Warriors finished the road trip with two wins and two losses. They could have won all four, but a couple of fourth-quarter meltdowns in the games against Orlando and Charlotte kept it from happening. The Warriors return home to face the Charlotte Hornets Friday night at the Chase Center. If the Warriors win, it will be their first three-game winning streak of the year.
The teams matched up well. Neither team could pull away. For the Warriors, it was the fourth close game in a row. The Warriors won the first quarter 25-22. Indiana won the second 36-31 to finish the first half leading by two 58-56.
Defense was the name of the game in the second half. The Warriors held the Pacers to 22 points to finish the third quarter with a narrow 84-80 lead. The Pacers tied the game at 91. The Warriors could not extend the lead to more than five points the rest of the way.
The Pacers came within a point 99-98. Stephen Curry and Kelly Oubre each made a basket to put the Warriors ahead 105-98. The Warriors had reached the foul limit early in the fourth quarter.
The Pacers stayed in the game by going to the free-throw line. Indiana made it 107-105. The Pacers fouled Curry and he made both free throws. Draymond Green finished the scoring for the Warriors with two more free throws to make it 111-105. The Pacers made a last ditch attempt trying to score from the field with just seven seconds left. The Dubs win 111-107
Game Notes and Stats- With the win, the Warriors are 18-15 for the year. The Pacers are 15-15. It was the Pacers’ first game after missing a week of play due to Covid-19 protocols.
The Warriors had six players in double-figures. Curry led the Warriors with 24 points. Curry made one three in 11 tries. For Curry, it was the 94th consecutive game with at least one three-pointer.
Curry had eight rebounds and eight assists. Draymond Green barely missed a triple-double. He needed one more rebound. His line was 12 points, nine rebounds, and 11 assists. He had three steals, and one blocked shot. Andrew Wiggins had 15, Kelly Oubre, Jr., 17,, Eric Paschall 13, and James Wiseman 11. Wiseman fouled out early in the fourth quarter. As a team, The Warriors shot 47% from the floor.
They had a dreadful night shooting threes. They were five for 26 from downtown. They outrebounded the Pacers 50-47. They Made 27 assists on 39 made field goals. The team stole the ball ten times, blocked four Pacer shots, forcing 19 Pacer turnovers. The Warriors cashed in with 18 points off the turnovers.
Domantas Sabonis had a double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Sabonis scored was held to five points in the second half. Chalk that one up for the Warrior defense. Malcolm Brogdon had 24, Doug McDermott 15, Myles Turner 14, T.J. McConnell, and Jeremy Lamb each had nine.
The Warriors face the Charlotte Hornets at the Chase Center Friday night. The Warriors want to get even for the loss to Charlotte last Saturday night. The game will start at 7 pm.