Warriors showcase grit to beat Pacers, and end trip 2-2

Warriors guard Stephen Curry played the entire second half Wednesday night with gauze in his bloody left nostril, a visible reminder of the unintentional smack in the face he endured after coming down from a layup attempt late in the second quarter.

But on the back end of a back-to-back set, as Golden State weathered mini-Pacers rally after mini-Pacers rally to escape Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis with a 111-107 win, Curry’s gauze-filled nose took on added significance. After fourth-quarter collapses doomed the Warriors in their first two games of the four-city trip, they exhibited resilience to survive two quality opponents on the road and fly back to the Bay Area feeling good about themselves.

Weeks earlier, Golden State might have let the meltdowns in Orlando and Charlotte snowball into a 0-4 swing. But a night after the Warriors pulled away late for an eight-point win over the Knicks, they overcame a 5-for-26 showing from beyond the arc, including a 1-for-11 dud from Curry, to move three games above .500 with little more than a week until the All-Star break.

Golden State’s five 3-pointers tied for its fewest in a win since Steve Kerr became head coach in 2014. Before Wednesday, the Warriors had gone 0-17 under Kerr when shooting 20% or worse from beyond the arc.

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