Warriors beat Pacers 103-92 for 3rd straight win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 2, 2012 at 1:10 am •  Published: December 2, 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State got a big game from Stephen Curry, a solid effort by David Lee and another strong fourth quarter.

This is becoming quite the routine for the Warriors, who beat the Indiana Pacers 103-92 on Saturday night for their third consecutive victory.

"We just play until the buzzer sounds," said Jarrett Jack, who had 18 points, including a 57-foot heave from beyond midcourt at the end of the third quarter. "That's kind of the mentality that's been sticking with us all season long. We just try to preach that when we get up on a team we can't let them hang around."

Golden State led by 16 in the third quarter, then held off a mini-rally by Indiana at the start of the fourth before pulling away for the win.

Ian Mahinmi made a layup and two free throws to help the Pacers close to 82-76. Jack answered with a short floater in the lane, fellow reserve Carl Landry followed with a dunk, and Indiana got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

Curry had 20 points and a season-high 11 assists while Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the surprising Warriors, who remain tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for first place in the Pacific Division.

It was Curry's second straight 20-10 game and marked his first back-to-back double-doubles since his rookie season.

"I'm trying to be aggressive whatever happens ... and guys are making shots," Curry said. "It's been a good offensive rhythm the last couple of games. Picking up the tempo has been a big emphasis for us."

Lee added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Landry added 16 points for the Warriors, who improved 7-0 when they are tied or have the lead after three quarters.

David West scored 23 points and George Hill had 19 for the Pacers.

"The Warriors just got hot, especially Curry and the other perimeter players," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "Those guys killed us. We guarded the paint the way we wanted but we couldn't stop the perimeter guys. They spread you out."

Curry took nine shots through the first three quarters and seemed content feeding his teammates before making two key 3-pointers over the final 3:01 to help Golden State to its seventh win in nine games. He finished 7 of 14 from the floor.

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