Warriors fall short, lose to Pacers 104-95 behind Myles Turner’s 22 points

SAN FRANCISCO – The Indiana Pacers had five players score in double digits and Myles Turner lead with all points.  The Pacers used a late 16-5 run in the fourth quarter to close out a 104-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night at Chase Center.  

Turner finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.  His go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:59 to play proved to be the backbreaker for the Warriors.  Turner shot 7-of-10 from the floor, including 3-of-5 on three’s.

Domatas Sabonis recorded his league-high 11th double-double of the season adding in 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.  Aaron Holiday added 16 points and recorded a game-high 12 assists off the bench, and Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 13 points as Indiana snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Pacers played Monday night in Sacramento and was without star guard Victor Oladipo.  The superstar guard has yet to play in back-to-back games due to his leg injury from last season.  Oladipo is still recovering and will ease back into grueling schedule slowly.

“Give all the credit to Indiana. They are a tough team,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.  “Even without [Victor] Oladipo and on a back-to-back, they earned it.  They played a great game tonight.”

Tonight’s loss dropped the Warriors to 6-5 on the season, 4-3 at home.  Golden State got off to a great start, outscoring the Pacers 28-19 in the first quarter and holding a 57-50 lead at halftime.  Kelly Oubre Jr. was a key component to that lead.  He had 15 first-half points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Oubre finished with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Oubre also had five rebounds and two assists over 29 minutes.  In his six of his last eight games, Oubre has scored double digits and for the third time this season, he shot better than 50 percent from the field. 

Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 22 points (on 7-of-17 shooting), three assists, seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks.  Draymond Green had a team-high 10 assists.  Indiana hounded Stephen Curry the entire night, playing the two-time MVP with a tough box-and-1 defense.  But Curry finished with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting, including 3-of-8 three’s.

“People are going to throw everything at Steph,” said Kerr.  “That’ll be a big theme this season and we’ve got to do a better job of attacking what people are throwing at us, and we’ll get better at it.”

Turnovers doomed Golden State tonight.  After playing a solid first half where they committed just four turnovers, the Warriors committed eight turnovers in the third quarter and 12 in the second half.  Golden State had too many empty possessions and allowed the Pacers to hang around and steal the game from right underneath them.

Indiana’s 12-1 run midway through the second quarter put them ahead 34-32 before the Warriors ripped off a 16-5 run that made it 48-39.

Golden State played without versatile reserve Eric Paschall, who sat out the game and entered the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol.  No word that he’s tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We’ve got to make up for Eric’s loss and it’s a big loss with the way he’s been playing,” said Kerr. 

Following the 7-game homestand, the Warriors hit the road for a three-game trip with back-to-back games against the Denver Nuggets (Thursday), the Phoenix Suns (Friday) and against the Los Angeles Lakers (Monday). 

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