The Indiana Pacers came back from the flood the Golden State Splash Brothers rained on them in Indianapolis on Tuesday, but the water was ultimately too deep. The locker room at halftime when you’ve already given up SEVENTY-NINE points at home is an angry place. (The Pacers have been allowing opponents just 99.8 points per game.) That moment when you’re down 32 points in the second quarter? Hard to swallow.
But Warriors opponents are growing used to it. Because Golden State gets off shots fast — and they make ’em from everywhere. All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson outscored his MVP teammate Steph Curry in Indy, going for 39 including eight three-pointers in the arcade-like first half. Curry had a mere 29 points, shooting 11-of-23. Thompson and company had to reenter the game late to protect the lead after the Warriors bench was outmatched by frustrated Pacers starters, who closed but ultimately lost 131-123. Thompson twisted his ankle with under a minute left. But if things go the way they’ve been going for the 23-0 Warriors, the little setback will just make Thompson’s ankle stronger. The Warriors have a few nights off, with back-to-back games Friday and Saturday on the road.