Stephen Curry trickled cheesecloth down his left nostril down his legs, behind his back, inside and out, before finding just enough room to separate three defenders and finish with a left-handed layup to put the game in tie the middle of the third quarter.
Curry and the warriors had to concentrate on almost every possession on Wednesday evening in the 111: 107 win against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers defenses flashed and pounded the Golden State’s riflemen, barricading the edge. At the end of the second quarter, Curry wobbled free for a ride, but was hit in the face while attempting layup. He came out with a handkerchief in his nose for the second half to stop the bleeding.
With Curry Limited, the Warriors’ offensive came to a standstill, shooting only 5 of 26 from 3-point range on that second night of a duel. But Golden State showed a lot of grit on the second night of a tackle and found ways to pierce the Indiana defenses with timely screens, slips and cuts.
Curry temporarily shared Indiana’s trap defense and made it with 24 points in 7v21 shooting (1v11 out of 3-point range). In a double pack, Curry passed control to Draymond Green, who finished with 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
Rookie center James Wiseman ran on the floor, flushing timely dunks on his way to 11 points and five rebounds before messing up 3½ minutes into the fourth quarter. Kelly Oubre Jr. (17 points, five rebounds) and Andrew Wiggins (15 points, four assists) found wrinkles in a defense obsessed with constraining Curry.
This was an exhausting way to end a four-game journey where every game boiled down to the last few moments and the Warriors went 2-2 to improve to 18:15 for the season.
« It’s not nice to work it out and rely on our defenses, » said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who overtook the Pacers 41-39 and kept them at 45.7%, including 7-against- 29 of 3 point range. « But it’s really a persistent group and they compete against each other. »
For the second time in two days, the Warriors avoided a collapse in the fourth quarter. After the game was tied at 91, Golden State prevailed in the final 7:26 against Indiana 20-16.
Curry found Oubre for a 10-foot jumper who increased the Warriors by seven with 2:21 in the game. It was their biggest lead in a game with 15 leadership changes. Malcolm Brogdon’s layup cut the lead 10.1 seconds ahead of two, but Curry and Green took all four free throws on the course to claim victory.
« Tonight I thought we were the smarter and tougher team, » said Kerr. « That’s what wins close games, especially on the road. »
For the Pacers (15-14) striker Domantas Sabonis finished with 22 points, 16 rebounds and four assists and Malcolm Brodgon added 24 points.
While these warriors eluded permanence, tenacity did not elude. If the Warriors return to San Francisco to recover against the Hornets in one game before taking to the streets again in the last three games before the All-Star break, they will seek their first winning streak in three games of the Summarize season.
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