The Golden State Warriors continued to steamroll opponent after opponent, as they extended their season record to 23-0 and their win-streak to 27, tying the 2012-13 Miami Heat for the second-longest in NBA history.
Many were projecting this as the first potential speed bump on the Warriors road as the Indiana Pacers had been playing with clout and Paul George was looking like the Most Valuable Player not Named Stephen Curry. And while George played extremely well, scoring 27 points to go with six boards and six dimes, it wasn’t enough as the Warriors offense was just cruising for most of the night.
After setting up a 32-point lead, the Warriors sat their starters, and the Pacers chomped away at the lead, cutting it down to 13 before Luke Walton decided it was time to send the army back in. The Pacers continued to scrap and cut the lead down to as little as six before the Warriors cemented it.
Having to put their starters back in may have cost the Warriors, though, even if they still won the game. Klay Thompson, who with 10 threes made was threatening the NBA’s single-game record held by Donyell Marshall and Kobe Bryant, went down after landing awkwardly on his ankle and had to leave the game. He had a season-high 39 on the night, though, there was no report on his condition.
Stephen Curry had (for him) a relatively inefficient night scoring “only” 29 points on 23 shots, but he was setting up his teammates with aplomb. He added 10 assists and snared seven rebounds. He also had three steals. That’s not bad for a “bad” game.