Warriors collapse late in loss to Pacers
A BETTER EFFORT
OAKLAND -- The Warriors, four All-Stars short of a full squad for the second consecutive game, improved over the previous showing Tuesday night but still wound up with a 92-81 loss to the Pacers.
All 11 available Warriors played, with Nick Young topping the scorers with 12 points, and Andre Iguodala and Quinn Cook adding 11 apiece.
The Warriors (54-20) managed only 33 points in the second half -- only 11 in the fourth quarter -- on 35.9-percent shooting from the field.
The Warriors outrebounded Indiana 51-38 but shot only 40.7 percent from the field and gave the Pacers 18 points off 16 turnovers, allowing them to overcome a 15-point first-half deficit.
Young shot well early and Iguodala had some brilliant moments, but there was no more encouraging sign for the Warriors than Kevon Looney.
Looney’s line: 8 points (3-of-5 shooting from the field, including 1-of-1 from beyond the arc, 1-of-2 from the line), a game-high 11 rebounds, two blocks, two assists and one steal. He played 28 minutes and finished even-0.
Though the Warriors led by as much as 15 in the first half and took a 48-39 lead into the locker room, the Pacers recovered in second half.
Indiana opened the third quarter with an 18-6 run, taking a 57-54 lead on a 3-pointer by Bojan Bogdanovic with 6:58 remaining in the quarter.
From that point on, the teams were never more then five points apart until the Pacers went on a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter, going up 81-74 with 5:52 to play and closing it out by outscoring the Warriors 24-11 in the final quarter.
Warriors in-game: F/C Jordan Bell tweaked his right ankle in the third quarter but returned in the fourth.
Warriors: G Quinn Cook (L knee contusion) was listed as probable and upgraded to available. F/C Chris Boucher (L ankle sprain) and F Draymond Green (flu-like symptoms) were listed as doubtful and downgraded to out. F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain), F Kevin Durant (R rib soreness), G Stephen Curry (R MCL sprain) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) were listed as out.
Pacers in-game: F Trevor Booker sustained a right ankle sprain in the first quarter and did not return.
Pacers pregame: F Domantas Sabonis (L ankle sprain) was listed as doubtful and upgraded to available.
The Warriors return to action Thursday night, when they face the Milwaukee Bucks at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.