Indiana Pacers forward Oshae Brissett (12) gets up tall and tries to put the stop on Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Mon Dec 13, 2021 (AP News photo)
Warriors Beat Pacers In The Final Seconds 102-100
By Barbara Mason
Stephen Curry finished 5 of 15 from downtown against the Pacers and so now the magic number to tie is one and two to break Ray Allen’s record. He finished the game with 26 points.
Going into tonights game we were not sure if we would be seeing Curry taking the court. As it turned out in the Golden State Warriors (22-5) Indiana Pacers (12-17) game we did see Curry take the court. The Pacers are looking for their fourth home game win tonight and of course all eyes are on Curry whose magic number before the game stood at 7. The Warriors who came off only their fifth loss this season in Philadelphia on Saturday just got by the Pacers 102-100 on Monday night.
The Warriors had a horrible first half missing shots and 11 turnovers also hurt them. They were shooting 38 percent in the first two quarters. They trailed after the first quarter 29-25 and continued to trail 55-47 at the half. They had to protect the ball and start making some of those open shots.
The third quarter was a better one for Golden State tying the game at 67 with four minutes left in the quarter. The Pacers however refused to back down and shot eight unanswered points going back out in front 75-67. At times the Warriors were capitalizing on all the attention that Curry was getting. The Warriors were close but still trailing 84-80 at the end of the third quarter. The turnovers were improved with only four in the second half.
It seems that the closer that Curry gets to breaking this record; the team has looked different. It’s hard to pinpoint but something has been off the past few games. The Warriors continued to trail in the fourth quarter of this game and the fouls were beginning to pile up. With under five minutes left in the game the pace really picked up in this game. Points off turnovers had really hurt the Warriors the entire game.
With 48 ticks left on the clock the score was tied at 100. Kevon Looney had the offensive rebound and basket of the game to take the lead 102-100 with 13 seconds left. A Pacer turnover was the difference in this game. The Warriors didn’t have the greatest game at all but managed to pull this one out 102-100. It was ugly at times, tough and gritty but Golden State bounced back in this game.
I knew I would have to attack the rim in order to open everything up,” said Draymond Green after the game. “We had too many turnovers and too many fouls. On offense we have to know where we have to be,” he said. Green had a great game with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
The Warriors will be taking on the Knicks tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 PM. There is little doubt that we will see records shattered in this game.