The encounter was shaping up to be a dogfight in the first half but turned into a rampage in the second as the Golden State Warriors overpowered the Indiana Pacers, 112-89 on Thursday night in Oakland.
The tale of two halves continue as Indiana came into game with a solid plan on defence. The Pacers made it their priority to throw double teams at Curry and to close out on every shooter. Midway through the second quarter, the score was knotted at 25 with both teams clamping each other furiously. The Pacers forced six turnovers and held the Warriors to 39 percent from the field. The Warriors brought that same defensive effort and energy as they held the Pacers to an anaemic 26 percent from the field and four turnovers.
Golden State Warriors eventually found their groove on offence while still maintaining that strong and solid defence from the first half which led to a 35-point third quarter which turned around the game as warriors blew out Indiana pacers.
Warriors stars had hit doubles digits as DeMarcus Cousins led the way with 19 points while Klay Thompson , Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant chipped in with 18 and 15 a piece respectively.
Cousins continues to put in pressure before sustaining a foot injury that kept him out for two games, DeMarcus Cousins had monster games on against Houston and Oklahoma City. In his first game back, he carried that momentum from the road right into Oracle. In addition to his team-leading 19 points, Cousins nabbed 11 rebounds to go with four assists. Despite his foul trouble, Cousins provided much needed scoring by doing most of the damage in the first half.
Iguodala ’s steady play set the tone for the bench as the Warriors bench scored 35 points tonight and 11 of them were scored by Andre Iguodala . His consistent output deserves an applaud and he’s been aggressive in transition in recent games and was just as aggressive tonight. In the first, he sprinted infront of a pass from
Shaun Livingston had threw down an emphatic dunk in the quarter’s closing minutes. He’s also nailed a three in the third to push the game further out of reach. When asked about his play tonight and recently, Iguodala correlates his performance on the court to his performance on the links .
Elsewhere, Jokic leads Nuggets to win over Wizards; Young powers Hawks past Jazz; Walker drops 31 as Hornets beat Timberwolves,Detroit Pistons whipped Phoenix Suns,While Sacramento Kings thumped Dallas Mavericks 116- 100 .
By Olukayode Oniwinde