No Victor Oladipo…no problem. The Indiana Pacers are clicking well under head coach Nate Bjorkgren’s system while adapting the confidence to shoot threes at will.
On Tuesday night, the Pacers extended their record to 7-4 defeating the Golden State Warriors 104-95 in an epic defensive effort.
The second-half revealed the testament to both teams who forced turnovers. On a defensive play, Draymond Green stopped a 3-on-1 fast break preventing Edmond Sumner from making a layup.
Domantas Sabonis finished the night with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Sabonis made it difficult for rookie James Wiseman who got his fourth personal foul late in the second quarter. The pump fake used by Sabonis solidified his post-game dominance leading to a night shooting 4-5 from the free-throw line.
“Indiana kept Curry in check by regularly playing him with a tough box-and-1 defense, though the two-time MVP still created his chances. He found his groove again following a rare off night Sunday against the Raptors to finish with 20 points,” per ESPN.
Curry shot 7-17 from three, scored 20 points and had a difficult night shooting 60 percent from the free-throw line. Andrew Wiggins dropped 22 points as the Warriors leading scorer along with Damion Lee contributing 12 points.
The Pacers went on a 13-0 run down the stretch in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter. Myles Turner drained a high-arc three-pointer putting the Pacers up 93-90 with 2:59 on the clock. Followed by Turner’s three off Aaron Holiday’s assists, Holiday made a skip pass to the right corner finding brother Justin Holiday for another three giving the Pacers a 98-90 lead.
Head coach Nate Bjorkgren spoke with media members about the Pacers approach after avoiding a back-to-back road game lost.
“They were mad from last night and they came today with an edge to them,” Bjorkgren said.
It was must win as the Pacers move forward on figuring out how to close tough games.
The Pacers will battle Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers on Thursday at 7: p.m. PST on Fox Sports Indiana/NBC Sports Northwest.
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