INDIANAPOLIS — The Warriors had a scary moment early in the second quarter Monday night. After watching teammate Klay Thompson throw down a one-handed dunk, Stephen Curry jumped out of his seat, slipped on a blue jacket and tumbled to the floor.
That was Golden State’s most noteworthy miscue, and the Pacers had nothing to do with it.
The Warriors cruised to a 132-100 rout of Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to push their winning streak to 11 games and continue to raise an important question: Can anyone stop them?
With DeMarcus Cousins beginning to return to his pre-Achilles-injury form, the Warriors present the ultimate game-planning conundrum. Double-team any of Golden State’s five All-Stars, and risk leaving one of the other four wide open. No franchise, not even a Boston team that should contend for an Eastern Conference title, has found a suitable compromise.
The Pacers — whose best player, guard Victor Oladipo, is done for the season with a ruptured quad tendon — weren’t about to become the first. Indiana didn’t lead once in 48 minutes Monday. After watching the Warriors ring up 40 first-quarter points, it didn’t seriously threaten as it fell victim to highlight after highlight.
Late in the first quarter, Curry salvaged a broken play by corralling the offensive rebound and drilling a corner three-pointer over his defender’s outstretched arm. Midway through the second, after catching the ball behind Golden State’s basket and hitting a turnaround jumper, Shaun Livingston flashed an aw-shucks grin as he ran back on defense.
In the waning seconds of the first half, Curry took one dribble past midcourt, stutter-stepped to his left and drilled a 36-footer as the buzzer sounded. It was that type of night for the Warriors. In capping a 5-0 trip in commanding fashion, Golden State shot 54.1 percent (53-for-98) from the field, 41.9 percent (13-for-31) from three-point range and 81.3 percent (13-for-16) from the foul line.
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To score 26 points (23 in the first half), Curry needed only 13 shots and made six threes. Cousins, who appeared fine after taking a scary spill on a driving dunk attempt midway through the first quarter, posted 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in a season-high 25 minutes.
In less than four minutes to start the fourth quarter, Cousins looked dominant, oscillating between dunks, mid-range jumpers and three-pointers as he scored 12 points with Curry and Kevin Durant watching from the bench. Cousins’ backup, Kevon Looney, wasn’t too bad, either, chipping in a career-high 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting off the bench.
It all was a scary sight for a league that has spent much of the past half-decade trying to dethrone Golden State.
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