The Indiana Pacers came into the sold-out Oracle Arena with the best record in the NBA, and proved that they are the true beasts of the East with a hard fought 102-94 win over the Warriors on Monday night.
Indiana came into Oracle looking to extend their winning streak; riding the hot play of All-Star Paul George and rising talent Lance Stephenson.
The Pacers built an early advantage, and seemed to be on cruise control with an early 3rd quarter 60-40 lead. Coach Mark Jackson called a timeout to challenge his team, and the Warriors responded with a 37-19 run that cut the Pacers lead to just 79-77 early in the 4th quarter. After furious back and forth action in the final minutes, Pacers Lance Stephenson and George Hill both hit long range jumpers to quiet the raucous Oracle Arena crowd and seal the victory for Indiana.
The win for the Pacers continued their 2014 hot streak, winning eight of their first ten games, and upping their NBA best record to 33-7. The loss for the Warriors drops their record to 26-17.
In a losing effort, Warrior’s guard Stephen Curry paced the Warriors with 24 points and nine assists; and David Lee added another double-double to his 2013-14 resume with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
The Warriors will continue their five game homestand on Friday night against rebounding machine Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves.