Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) passes the ball as Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
The Warriors entered Wednesday evening’s game against the Indiana Pacers expecting a physical affair and plenty of attention on Stephen Curry.
And that’s exactly what they got, but they earned a gritty 111-107 win over the Pacers on the second night of a back-to-back to close out a four-game trip 2-2 and improve to 18-15 on the season.
Though Curry (24 points on 7-for-21 shooting, 1-for-11 from 3-point range, eight rebounds and eight assists) saw his streak of scoring 25 or more points end at 13, he was helped by Kelly Oubre Jr. (17 points), Andrew Wiggins (15 points) and Draymond Green (12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds).
Here are three takeaways from the game.
Warriors get it done in the paint
Earlier in the season, the Warriors struggled to score in their Jan. 12 loss to the Pacers, eking out just 95 points — their second-lowest output of the season. So they entered Wednesday night prepared for the Pacers to overload on Curry with double- and triple-teams. And though the Pacers did a good job of blitzing Curry and running shooters off the line (the Warriors missed 21 of 25 3-point attempts), Golden State responded by pounding the paint, where it outscored Indiana 66-48.…