Just when you thought the Indiana Pacers were going to grab their 30th home win of the season, one of the Splash Brothers shows up just in the nick of time to drain a buzzer-beater in a game that will prove costly to the Pacers’ race for home-court advantage.
The titanic clash that was played at breakneck speed in the first half, living up to its billing of a possible Finals preview as one of the contenders out west toppled the team that sits atop the Eastern Conference standings. The loss looms large for Indiana as the team falls closer to the defending champs in the race for home-court advantage and Eastern Conference supremacy that will likely go down to the wire.
It was Klay Thompson, not Stephen Curry, who delivered the goods late as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Pacers 98-96 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Thompson led the Warriors charge from start to finish netting 25 points and grabbing five rebounds as the team notched another signature win in a season that has been filled with many ups and downs for Golden State. Paul George and David West continued to shine for the Pacers even in the loss as the dynamic duo combined for 53 points, 19 rebounds and six assists.
While the win elevates Golden State’s status in the Western Conference, the Pacers, who garner one of the best home records in the league, suffer just the team’s fourth loss at home this season. The Warriors remain sixth in the western conference standings with the win, but the team is more than capable of producing something special in the playoffs with the Splash Brothers leading the way.
Games like the one we saw Tuesday night between the Warriors and Pacers don’t happen everyday, and while it is improbable at the moment, a Warriors-Pacers Finals would be an intriguing seven-game series with plenty of stroylines.
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