Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors beat Pacers, stay on top


Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors beat Pacers, stay on top


Warriors 103, Pacers 92Player of the game: Jarrett Jack came off the bench and had 18 points, five assists and five rebounds to lead the Warriors to their fifth win in six games.Jack was a picture of stability for the Warriors (10-6), going 8-for-9 from the field, and controlling the game from the point guard position in the fourth period.More and more Warriors coach Mark Jackson is finishing games with a three-guard lineup of Jack, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and thats what he did again on Saturday at Oracle.Key stretch: Curry assisted on a David Lee bucket with 1:25 remaining, then buried a 3-pointer with one minute remaining to shut down any chance of an Indiana (8-9) comeback after they had drawn within eight points late.
Doing it from the line: The Warriors helped themselves by making their free throws. The Warriors finished 18-for-19 from the line with Carl Landry perfect in six attempts and Lee perfect in five.The Warriors entered the game shooting 74.6 percent from the foul line, which ranked only 20th in the NBA.
Jack from 50-plus: Jack ended the third quarter with a bang and the Warriors needed it. Jack connected on a shot from beyond half-court to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter and the shot put Golden State up 82-72 entering the fourth.Jacks heave came from 55 feet away and after the Warriors had given up much of a 16-point third-quarter lead, giving them some wiggle room.Jack had nine points in the third quarter, then scored a quick five points to begin the fourth. He and Landry, who finished with 16 points, were a big reason why the Warriors were able to maintain control for most of the second half.Late first-half flurry: The Warriors went into halftime up 51-44 thanks to a flurry right before halftime. Golden State scored the last six points of the period and finished on a 10-2 run, which included a couple of buckets by Curry and a 3-pointer by Thompson.The Warriors entered Saturdays game ranked 27th in the league in turnovers, averaging 16.4 per game. And they committed 11 in the first half, with Curry and Thompson committing three each.But Golden State made up for those miscues by shooting 51.4 percent from the field and holding the Pacers to 39 percent shooting.

NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis


NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Steph Curry owes the NBA some money.

The two-time MVP was fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece near the end of Saturday night's game in Memphis, the league announced.

He won't be suspended.

Andre Iguodala was fined $15,000 for verbally abusing a game official.

"I want to play tonight. Don't think a suspension is necessary," Curry said following shootaround on Monday. "I'm pretty sure based on the precedent that was set last time I threw my mouthpiece, there'll be a fine.

"The timing is getting a little tight thinking about preparing for tonight, but just gotta wait and see."

Curry was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece during Game 6 of the 2016 Finals.

He did not need to rewatch the incident from Saturday to know he was in the wrong.

"In the grand scheme of things, it's Game 3, we were playing terrible," Curry explained on Monday. "I was frustrated because I was fouling, I thought I got fouled on the last play and the reaction was definitely a little over the top.

"Stuff happens. Try to continue to be myself, show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn't take away from the team and misrepresent who I am."

Kevin Durant -- who was also ejected from the game -- apparently won't receive any additional punishment.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Klay aims for sole possession of longest active 3-point streak


Gameday: Klay aims for sole possession of longest active 3-point streak

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

As anxieties swirl about the Warriors in the wake of a 1-2 start, the defending champions will try to quiet outside concerns Monday when they meet the Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The sound of soft alarms is a response to this season being the first time since 2009-10 that the Warriors opened by losing two of their first three games.

The Mavericks (0-3) are beyond their glory days -- they missed the playoffs season for only the second time in the past 17 years -- they are not yet in full rebuild, as 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki remains in the starting lineup.


Warriors by 12


Kevin Durant/Draymond Green vs. Harrison Barnes: The Mavs signed Barnes to a four-year deal worth $94 million to be one of their building blocks for the future. He led them in scoring (19.2 per game) last season, his first in Dallas. The Barnes departure from the Warriors opened the door to Durant, who became the NBA Finals MVP. Both Durant and Green have chances at Barnes. The Warriors took Barnes and Green in the same 2012 draft, and Green will never forget he was taken 28 picks later. It is safe to presume Barnes will have to work for everything he gets.


Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as probable but is expected to be available.

Mavericks: G Devin Harris (personal reasons) and G Dennis Smith (L knee swelling) are listed as questionable. G Seth Curry (L tibial stress fracture) and F Josh McRoberts (R knee soreness) are listed as out.


The Warriors swept the three-game series last season, have won the last seven meetings and 13 of the last 14.


EARLY D: After losing to the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday, several Warriors expressed dissatisfaction with their early-game defensive intensity. They’ve faced double-digit deficits in the first half of their last two games, though they were able to come back and win in New Orleans. They probably could get away with it in Dallas, but it’s an unhealthy habit.

SMALL ON SMALL: Though the Warriors utilize small lineups for significant portions of games, the Mavericks go small for most of every game. That’s a product of starting former Nowitzki at center and generally subbing him with young power forwards Nerlens Noel and Dwight Powell. In question is whether Warriors quickness can take control despite the length of the Mavericks.

STREAKING KLAY: A 3-pointer in Monday would give Klay Thompson the 58th consecutive game he has made at least one triple and would give him the longest active streak. He currently is tied with injured Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas, each with 57 games in a row.


“I want to play tonight. I don’t think a suspension is necessary. I’m pretty sure, based on the precedent that was set the last time I threw a mouthpiece, there would be a fine. But I hope to be out there playing tonight.” --Warriors G Stephen Curry on the possibility of NBA-dictated discipline after throwing his mouthpiece in the loss to the Grizzlies.