Basketball: Warriors run rings around Pacers

Golden State Warriors centre JaVale McGee blocking Indiana Pacers forward Georges Niang's attempt for an easy two points from under the rim. Golden State beat Indiana 120-83 with coach Steve Kerr purring over the number of rejections his team dished
Golden State Warriors centre JaVale McGee blocking Indiana Pacers forward Georges Niang's attempt for an easy two points from under the rim. Golden State beat Indiana 120-83 with coach Steve Kerr purring over the number of rejections his team dished out.PHOTO: REUTERS

INDIANAPOLIS • It is difficult enough to challenge the Golden State Warriors with a full roster of healthy players.

The Indiana Pacers were far from full strength on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the outcome was predictable.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined for 61 points as Golden State dominated the short-handed Indiana 120-83 in their National Basketball Association (NBA) game.

The Pacers (7-8) faced the Warriors without starters Paul George (ankle), Myles Turner (ankle) and sixth man C.J. Miles (knee).

They also lost starting guard Jeff Teague with a right ankle sprain during the third quarter.

Thompson led Golden State with 25 points, Curry had 22, Durant scored 14 while Draymond Green added 10.

The Warriors finished with a season-high 60 rebounds, 11 more than the cold-shooting Pacers who made just 33 of 103 shots.

Rodney Stuckey led Indiana with 21 points, Thaddeus Young added 14 and Teague had 11 before his injury.

The Warriors (12-2) completed a four-game road trip sweep, also winning at Toronto, Boston and Milwaukee. They are 8-1 on the road and have won eight straight games overall.

"What a great trip," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "I thought we really defended well tonight and moved the ball extremely well.

"We contested lots of shots and blocked 10 of them. We're getting those blocks from different people.

"It's also great to see how well Kevin is defending. He was really good at that end tonight."

The 37-point loss is the Pacers' biggest this season, replacing a 22-point setback on two weeks ago at Charlotte.

They were playing the second of back-to-back games, having won in overtime on Sunday at Oklahoma City. Golden State enjoyed a day off on Sunday in Indianapolis.

"Regardless of it being a back to back, we have to move on from this," Indiana coach Nate McMillan said.

"We just didn't have it. Our legs were gone. They beat us to the basket almost any time they wanted.

"They picked us apart on one end, and our offence got stagnant on the other."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2016, with the headline 'Warriors run rings around Pacers'. Print Edition | Subscribe