If you would have told me that Stephen Curry scored zero points in the fourth quarter of a close game, I would have believed 100 percent that the Warriors lost.
But that was not the case on Tuesday night. While the Indiana Pacers defended Curry like a blanket, Klay Thompson erupted for 16 fourth-quarter points, including the game-winning shot to give the Golden State Warriors a huge 98-96 road win against the best team in the league.
It did not come easy, however. The Warriors’ bench, which outscored that of the Pacers 34-11, had built up a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, mostly thanks to Thompson’s hot hand (he was playing with the bench). But the Pacers came roaring back, going on a 12-0 run to tie the game at 94-94. It then became a two-minute ball game where the Warriors somehow found a way to win, despite Curry committing two crucial turnovers and essentially being a non-factor on the offensive end of the floor. With the game tied at 96-96, Paul George missed a three and gave the Warriors the final shot. Then, with seconds left on the clock, Thompson posted up George Hill and nailed a turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds left. George missed a desperation three at the buzzer, and the Warriors escaped Indiana victorious.
The Warriors were led by Thompson’s 25 points. Curry had 19, and Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes both finished with 10 points off the bench. Marreese Speights was the only Warrior who did not play in the game.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 44.0% (37-84)
- Three-point percentage: 50.0% (10-20)
- Rebounds: 44
- Assists: 24
- Turnovers: 10
- Bench points: 34
- Field-goal percentage: 41.9% (36-86)
- Three-point percentage: 18.8% (3-16)
- Rebounds: 43
- Assists: 16
- Turnovers: 8
- Bench points: 11
Tweet of the Night
Klay Thompson’s jumper is pottery in motion.
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) March 5, 2014
Klay Thompson on game-winning jumper: “I was planning that shot the whole time, honestly.”
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) March 5, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors are right back at it tomorrow night in Boston as they wrap up their six-game road trip against the Celtics.