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The Pacers have won six of seven, including twice against the short-handed defending National Basketball Association champions. Pictured, Golden State Warriors coach Kerr coaches on the sidelines against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, April 5, 2018.
Even without Curry against a playoff-bound team from the East, the Warriors entered the game as three-point Las Vegas favorites, but after a defensive catastrophe, Kerr posited that "caring in general was the main problem" on this particular night.
This Pacers team continues to defy all of the odds this season.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points on a almost ideal shooting night, Victor Oladipo added 21 and the Pacers pulled away from the short-handed defending champions for a 126-106 blowout - and their first season sweep of the Warriors since 2011-12. "We defended at a high level and any time we do that, we will be successful", Oladipo said.
For starters, it was played in front of a crowd eager to get their one look at the best of the best. Klay Thompson had 16 points before being shut out in the second half. "They came out with a better strategy".
"I thought we cared tonight", Durant said, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
"Just trying, cutting hard, driving, maybe boxing out once in a while".
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"I'm embarrassed", Kerr said. It's an embarrassing effort and a pathetic effort.
The Pacers became the first Eastern Conference team to sweep the Warriors since 2013-14. Sure, they took advantage of a lineup missing Stephen Curry, but IN was impressive. We've got to be better. "Hopefully, that's how we can get this started".
The Pacers on the night shot 54 percent from the field and beat the Warriors at their own game by making 15 of their 29 three-point shots.
The Warriors were never really close after the early moments of the second quarter. IN led by 20 points, 97-77, heading into the third and won by the same margin, 126-106. In the span of 1 minute, 40 seconds to start the fourth quarter, Golden State cut Indiana's lead in half.
Warriors: Have lost three series this season.
Oklahoma City fell to sixth in the Western Conference standings. Curry was the only Warrior missing in action, and though he's a vital cog for Golden State, with the star power the Warriors have amassed? Thompson was 4 of 9 on 3s to move past Tim Hardaway (1,542) for 25th on the league's career list. To wit, its longest winning streak of the season (eight games) was immediately followed by a four-game skid. He was consistent, as usual, finishing with 21 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Bogdanovic was 6 of 7 on 3s while IN was 15 of 29 from beyond the arc. IN put together an 18-6 run to take a 59-46 lead, as the Pacers scored on eight straight possessions and flummoxed the Warriors with their drive-and-kick game that set up easy scoring opportunities.
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