Stephen Curry and the Warriors have been on an unfamiliar inconsistent run since their win on Christmas Day in Phoenix.
Whereas the two-time league MVP broke out of his mini-slump and regained his scoring type, Golden State’s up-and-down run was prolonged on Thursday night time by a Pacers squad who was taking part in on the second night time of a back-to-back with out six key rotations gamers in T.J. Warren, Malcolm Brogdon, T.J. McConnell, Domantas Sabonis, Caris LeVert, Myles Turner.
The Warriors led for a lot of the primary half however they have been by no means in a position to separate themselves.
The Pacers fought again within the third quarter earlier than each groups traded blows within the clutch however 48 minutes wasn’t sufficient to resolve a winner.
In actual fact, Curry’s late heroics – scoring 14 of the team’s 27 fourth-quarter points – was an enormous motive why the Warriors weren’t solely able to win late in regulation however to outlive Justin Vacation’s clutch shot and play the additional session.
It wasn’t a very environment friendly night time for the Warriors famous person level guard as he shot 12-of-27 from the sphere together with 6-of-16 from past the arc.
Having stated that, regardless of going scoreless within the additional time interval, Curry completed with a game-high 39 factors which is his first 30-point recreation since Christmas Day. Within the 9 video games he performed in between, he was averaging 19.8 factors on taking pictures splits of 37.0 p.c from the sphere and 32.6 from past the arc.
For the depleted Pacers, it was a whole staff effort. Seven of the ten gamers to log minutes scored in double figures, led by rookie Chris Duarte.
They outshot the Warriors from past the arc, flattening six extra 3-pointers and positively performed a task within the hosts committing 20 turnovers.
This loss is Golden State’s seventh in 12 video games since Christmas Day. So, they’ve slumped from contending for the very best report within the league at 27-6 after the marquee video games on Christmas to being 3.5 video games behind the Phoenix Suns at 32-13.
On the flip facet, this was the primary occasion the Pacers had received consecutive highway video games all season and it was their first set of consecutive wins since Dec. 11.