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Warriors hand Pacers rare home loss, 98-96

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm •  Published: March 4, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Klay Thompson seized the moment twice Tuesday night.

With a victory seemingly slipping away late in the third quarter, his quick scoring flurry helped Golden State regain control early in the fourth. Then, when it seemed the Warriors wouldn't be able to hold off Indiana's late charge, he knocked down a 12-foot turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds to go, giving the Warriors a rare 98-96 victory in Indianapolis.

"We'll take any win we can get in this building," Thompson said. "This team is real good here. They're the best in the NBA (at home). To come here and get a win, it's huge, especially on this road trip."

Thompson was terrific in his dramatic closing act. He started the quarter by making his first three shots and finished with 16 of his 25 points over the final 12 minutes — none bigger than the baseline fadeaway he hit over George Hill.

For the Warriors (37-24), it was a monumental victory.

They have won five of six and are 6-2 since the All-Star break. They have matched last season's road victory total (19), the first time they've achieved the feat in back-to-back seasons since 1970-71 and 1971-72, and they snapped a six-game losing streak in Indy that dated to Feb. 5, 2007.

The victory also gives Golden State the distinction of being the only team in the league this season with wins at Miami, the two-time defending league champion, and at Indiana, which owns the league's best record and best home record (29-4).

The Warriors can thank Thompson for bailing them out after blowing a 13-point lead with less than 6½ minutes to go.

"He was great," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "He's durable and you take him for granted. He's a guy who's never missed a game. He was big-time."

It was a stinging loss for the Pacers (46-14), who had won five straight and could have clinched a playoff spot in front of a sellout crowd.

Paul George had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter. He finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, missing a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 23.9 seconds left and the 29-foot buzzer beater that would have won it as he fell into the scorer's table. David West had 27 points and seven rebounds.

Yet the league's top-ranked defense allowed Golden State to shoot 44 percent from the field and make 10 of 20 3s — the latest uncharacteristic showing against the NBA's third-best team in defending the arc.

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