Warriors can't keep up with Pacers in 20-point road loss
Wrong side of history
The Warriors shot badly, defended worse, never flashed the energy needed to compete and wound up being blown out 126-106 by a hungry Pacers team Thursday night in Indianapolis.
Kevin Durant scored a team-high 27 points but was 8-of-23 from the field. Klay Thompson put in 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting and Quinn Cook totaled 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
The Warriors (57-22) shot 44.6 percent from the field, while the Pacers, fighting for playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference, fired away at 53.8 percent, including 51.7 percent from deep.
The loss gave Indiana two-game season sweep of the Warriors, the first time any Eastern Conference team has swept them in Steve Kerr’s four-year tenure.
On a night when no member of the Warriors played particularly well, the most encouraging sign was a second consecutive solid game from reserve center Damian Jones.
Jones’ line: 7 points (3-of-4 shooting from the field, 1-of-1 from the line), one rebound and one assist. He played 12 minutes and finished minus-2.
After Jordan Bell dropped a layup to pull the Warriors within two, 41-40, with 6:32 remaining in the second quarter, Indiana responded with an 18-6 run, taking a 59-46 lead on a Darren Collison 3-pointer with 2:36 remaining.
The Pacers during that stretch of less than four minutes made 8-of-10 shots while holding the Warriors to 3-of-9 shooting and forcing a turnover.
Despite a brief fourth-quarter flurry, the Warriors got no closer than 10 the remainder of the game.
Thompson passed former Warriors star Tim Hardaway and moved into 25th place on the all-time list of 3-pointers. Thompson now has (entered with 1,545), while Hardaway retired with 1,542.
Draymond Green’s 3-pointer with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter was the 435th of his career, moving him past Baron Davis and into seventh place on the franchise’s all-time list of 3-pointers.
Warriors: G Nick Young (flu-like symptoms) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain), G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain), G/F Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) were listed as out.
Pacers: No injuries listed.
The Warriors return to the Bay Area early Wednesday morning and get back on the court Saturday night against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled at 7:35.