Indiana Pacers Start Road Trip On a High Note, Move Win Streak to Five

By Mathew Muncy
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What started as a blowout quickly turned into a fight-to-the-death as the Indiana Pacers held on to beat the Golden State Warriors 102-94.

Both teams came out guns-a-blazing, shooting over 70 percent to start the game. But once Stephen Curry sat late in the first, the wheels came off for the Warriors offensively as the Pacers were able to take control.

A 13-point halftime lead quickly turned into a 20-point lead for the Pacers at the beginning of the third quarter. Klay Thompson and Curry caught fire from three-point range to get the Warriors within four, but Lance Stephenson and Paul George hit big shots down the stretch to keep Golden State at bay.

George finished with a career-high 23 points at Oracle Arena, a place that has haunted him up until now. The last time he played there he scored zero points in what was the low point of his season last year.

Stephenson should have thrived in the fast-paced tempo that both teams ran, but since the other team could keep up with him he settled for a lot of jump shots. Unfortunately, those jumpers didn’t want to fall. But Stephenson still nearly walked away with his fourth triple-double of the season as he had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

The Pacers’ big men held down the interior which helped until the Warriors started hitting their three-point shots. Roy Hibbert finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks while David West had 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks.

For the Warriors, Curry finished with 24 points and nine assists, Thompson had 17 points, and David Lee went toe-to-toe with West to finish with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Golden State went 10-of-30 from downtown.

This was another complete team effort by the Pacers. All five starters were in double-figures and the bench chipped in with 19 points. The win pushed the Pacers’ current win streak to five games and gives them a much-needed boost for this five-game West Coast swing.

Indiana gets the day off before traveling to face the Phoenix Suns on national TV. It will be a fun matchup, pitting former players (Miles Plumlee, Gerald Green and Luis Scola) against their former team.

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