Pacers no match for accurate Warriors

Klay Thompson (right) of the Golden State Warriors shooting against C.J. Miles of the Indiana Pacers in the second half of the game in Indianapolis. The Warriors defeated the Pacers 131-123.
Klay Thompson (right) of the Golden State Warriors shooting against C.J. Miles of the Indiana Pacers in the second half of the game in Indianapolis. The Warriors defeated the Pacers 131-123.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Golden State extend streak to 23-0, tying for 2nd-longest winning streak in NBA history

INDIANAPOLIS (United States) • The two players known affectionately as "The Splash Brothers" for their prolific shooting, Golden State guards Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, were more like a tidal wave on Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Thompson, who rolled an ankle late in the game, scored 29 of his season-high 39 points during a 79-point first half, and Golden State improved to 23-0 with a 131-123 victory against Indiana.

Including the end of last season, Golden State earned their 27th consecutive regular-season victory, tying the 2012-13 Miami Heat for the second-longest winning streak in National Basketball Association (NBA) history.

The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers won 33 consecutive regular-season games.

Thompson made eight of 10 shots from three-point range during the first 24 minutes, when the reigning NBA champion Warriors led by as many as 22 points.

In three periods, Thompson and Curry had 62 combined points. Curry finished with 29 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

"Our guys were locked in," Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said. "We were thrilled with the way we played during the first three quarters. I don't think there is any pressure on us."

Said Thompson, who rolled an ankle stepping on another player's foot: "I was very selective with my shots. I was taking my shots in rhythm. I just happened to get a lot of great looks. It's a great feeling. I will be all right, although I will be sore. We just have to keep this going for as long as we can."

Thompson made eight of 10 shots from three-point range during the first 24 minutes, when the reigning NBA champion Warriors led by as many as 22 points.

Through the first three quarters, when the Warriors led 111-83, they made 44 of 71 field goal attempts (62 per cent). They finished 52 of 95 (54.7 per cent), including 16 of 36 from three-point range.

Curry called Thompson's first half unbelievable.

"He had eight threes," Curry said. "That is amazing. You could see the look in his eyes. When he has that look, he is going to have his confidence all night. All it takes is for a couple of shots to go in."

Last season, Thompson scored 40 and 39 in two games against the Pacers (12-8), who have lost three in a row, giving up 122 points or more in each of the three defeats.

"We play an up-tempo style, which means games can get into the 100s on each side, but we still have to involve our defensive principles," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

"Our transition defence was poor early in the game, and we gave Klay a chance to hit a couple of threes early, and then he really got going. This (Golden State) team can teach you a lot of lessons."

Paul George led Indiana with 33 points and C.J. Miles added 24.

REUTERS

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