LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Klay Thompson scored 39 points as the Golden State Warriors withstood a furious late rally to defeat the Indiana Pacers 131-123 on Tuesday and stretch their record-breaking win streak to 23 games.
The reigning National Basketball Association champions had looked to be romping to victory after piling on the points to lead by 28 points at 111-83 heading into the final quarter.
But an inspired fightback from the Pacers led by the in-form Paul George saw the home side close to within seven points at one stage before the Warriors dug in to hold on for victory.
Thompson's haul included 10 of 16 three-pointer attempts while Warriors talisman Stephen Curry added 29 points and 10 assists.
George finished with 33 points as the Pacers reduced the Warriors roared back in the fourth quarter but it was to no avail as Golden State marched on.
The Pacers, who began the game with the second best record in the Eastern Conference, fell to 12-8 for the season.
The Warriors meanwhile are 23-0, edging ever closer to the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time winning streak record of 33 games set in the 1971-1972 season.