Golden State Warriors (10-6) 103
Indiana Pacers (8-9) 92
Just as it looks like the Pacers could make that leap above .500, they ran into the new and improved Golden State Warriors. So far this Warriors team looks like they could be on the verge of becoming a better team than in years’ past. They are relying on youth, but those youth guys are making things happen. Stephen Curry put together 20 points and dished out 11 assists in last night’s win for the Warriors. Jarrett Jack, who spent some time with the Indiana Pacers, had his own 18 points to help out the cause. This is the fourth time this season that the Pacers have allowed an opponent to score over 100 points. That’s quite a defensive effort that unfortunately broke down last night.
But David West was still as strong as ever. He tried to win this game on his own with his 23 points and 8 rebounds. Perhaps the disheartening stat for the Pacers was Paul George’s 0-7 night from the field and finishing with no points. For a guy that is athletic as George is, he has to score something. It would be ideal for him to be in that 12-15 point range or even higher.
The Pacers fell down in this one by 16 points at one point and tried to rally, but couldn’t get any closer than six points. The Warriors hold off the rally and win by double figures against the Pacers who are normally able to put away this team. These two teams meet again in February, which should be interesting to see if the Warriors are still as good as they looked last night.
The Pacers have a couple of days off for traveling to Chicago, where the Bulls await them. That is a game to circle, highlight, mark in sharpie, as an important game. The Bulls have finally jumped up into the Central Division lead, but only a game up on the Pacers. So the Pacers can win that game, and the lead is the Pacers to take. It should be a playoff like atmosphere, and I can’t wait to see these two teams battle it out.