Curry’s hot hand sends Golden State past Pacers for 11th in row
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Stephen Curry scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half, DeMarcus Cousins added 22 and the Golden State Warriors extended the league’s longest winning streak this season to 11 with a 132-100 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Kevin Durant had 16 points for the Warriors, who have won a league-best 10 consecutive road games and got their first sweep on a five-game road trip since November 2014. And Draymond Green didn’t even play.
Myles Turner scored 16 points and Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 but Indiana dropped its second straight since losing All-Star guard Victor Oladipo to a season-ending knee injury. The Pacers also played without Tyreke Evans, Oladipo’s replacement, because of a sore back.
But even at full strength, the Pacers would have had difficulty weathering the Warriors’ flurry.
Curry scored eight straight to break a 16-16 tie midway through the first quarter and Golden State never looked back. The Warriors closed the quarter on a 24-6 run to make it 40-22 against the league’s top scoring defense.
At halftime, Curry was 9 of 10 from the field and 5 of 5 on 3s, including a 27-foot buzzer beater to end the half, giving the Warriors a 69-48 lead.
Indiana never got closer than 16 after the first quarter.
Curry became the first player in league history to make 200 3s in seven consecutive seasons. Klay Thompson and Curry started this season tied with six.
Warriors: Curry played just 27 minutes and also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals. … Durant had seven assists though his 22-game streak of scoring at least 20 points ended. … Thompson added 14 points. … Jordan Bell replaced Green in the lineup and scored eight. … Golden State made 14 of its first 17 shots inside the arc. … The Warriors improved to 18-8 on the road, the league’s best mark. … They also snapped a two-game losing streak in the series.
Pacers: Dropped to 7-6 this season without Oladipo, who missed 11 games in November and December with a sore right knee. … Darren Collison scored 13 points and had eight assists. … Thaddeus Young finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. …. Edmond Sumner made his first career start and wound up with two points, three rebounds and two assists. … IndyCar drivers Ed Carpenter, James Hinchcliffe and Will Power attended the game. Power won last year’s Indianapolis 500.
Warriors: Hosts Philadelphia, a team it has beaten 10 straight times, on Thursday.
Pacers: Visit Washington on Wednesday.