NBA: Unbeaten Warriors march on as Pacers subdued
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LOS ANGELES – 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 NBA champions had looked to be romping to victory after piling on the points to lead by 28 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 clinch victory.
Thompson’s haul included 10 of 16 three-pointer attempts while Warriors talisman Stephen Curry added 29 points and 10 assists.
”It’s a great feeling, I felt like I was due for a game like that,” Thompson told reporters afterwards. ”Just have to try and build on it from here and have another great game on Friday.”
Thompson meanwhile played down the significance of a slight ankle roll which forced him to miss most of the fourth quarter.
”I just rolled it, I’ll be alright…it should be sore for a couple of days but I’ll be back in no time,” he said.
George finished with 33 points as the Pacers reduced the Warriors lead 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.
The Warriors next test is a road trip against the Boston Celtics on Friday followed by a trip to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. (AFP)
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