Warriors show 'pathetic effort' as Pacers pass 'big test'

Saul Bowman
April 7, 2018

They have won six of seven - including two wins over the Warriors without Steph Curry - and are fifth in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and 1 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Warriors who visited Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday needed no sarcastic quote marks around their name.

Thaddeus Young had 16 points, and Darren Collison turned in 15. Bojan Bogdanovic was the surprise of the night for the Pacers as he scored a game-high 28 points and was an efficient 11-13 from the field. Oladipo extended his streak of consecutive games with a steal to 62 in the fourth quarter. When they faced the Pacers a week ago without four of their key players, it was an ugly game that resulted in a win for Indiana.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points while being booed throughout the game, leading Golden State to a 111-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

By any measure, the Pacers were impressive.

Golden State failed to outscore the Pacers in a single quarter as in built a 22-point lead midway through the third quarter. And the Warriors did not lead after opening the game with a 5-0 cushion with 11:10 left in the first quarter.

He was going up for a layup against the Kings when he was undercut by Vince Carter and hit the ground extremely hard on his lower back. The Pacers were too focused, and too good.

"I think people are starting to take notice, but we still ain't got nobody's respect yet", said Turner. "I really was looking forward to playing them with their roster tonight, just to wee where we were".

"I think first of all we did a great job defensively", Bogdanovic said. Only a Durant explosion - the All-Star had nine points, three assists and three rebounds in the opening quarter - prevented a Pacers' breakout as Indiana's lead was 27-26 at quarters' end.

The Pacers ended any uncertainty after the Warriors closed to 97-87 with about 10 minutes left.

"Yeah, I'm mad. I'm embarrassed". "I'm embarrassed. I know this game doesn't mean anything in the seeding (for Golden State), but the playoffs start next week".

Following the 126-106 road loss, Steve Kerr was rather heated and blasted his team for a "pathetic" effort, saying that they did not care.

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