The Golden State Warriors fought back from a 19-point hole but ultimately came up short, falling 129-118 to a sharp Indiana Pacers team.
D’Angelo Russell gave a monster scoring effort in the loss, dropping 37 points with 5 assists on 13-of-21 shooting from the field (9-of-13 from three-point range).
The ballhawking Pacers scored 33 points off 20 Warriors turnovers, punishing the Dubs for any sloppy offense.
T.J. Warren led the Pacers' attack with 33 points, while Indy reserve Doug McDermott was unstoppable off the bench and scored 24 points on 6-of-7 shooting from downtown. Indiana shot a scorching 17-of-28 (60%) from the three-point line; it seemed like they daggered Golden State every time a shooter was left open.
The Warriors raced out to a 19-10 lead fueled by an energetic Chase crowd, but the Pacers had no problems corralling the energy of the building and striking back. Indiana won the first quarter 35-30 on the strength of 16 points in the paint.
January 25th 2020
Russell scored 10 points in the first and finished with 16 at the half, but his scoring prowess did not prevent the deficit from ballooning. The bulky Indy forward Warren dominated the Warriors early with 21 points by intermission, bulling wherever he wanted.
The Pacers outshot the Dubs 56%-46% after two quarters and stole the ball from Golden State ELEVEN TIMES in the first half.
The Warriors roared back in the third quarter, fueled in part by a zone defense that slowed down the Pacers inside attack. Russell went nuclear in the period, scoring 16 points in the frame on some Stephen Curry-esque bombs.
The Dubs cut the deficit to as low as 85-81, but a barrage of Pacers’ threes pushed Golden State back into a double-digit hole. After that monstrous comeback attempt, the home team ended the third quarter trailing 98-86.
Rookie Jordan Poole showed some promise in the final frame: he drilled back-to-back three-pointers and nailed all three free throws after being fouled beyond the arc to cut the deficit to 112-106 with 6:20 remaining.
But the Pacers refused to wilt, and nailed several timely buckets down the stretch to put the Warriors to sleep for the night.
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