By JANIE McCAULEY – AP Sports Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors were frantic, rushing and careless with the basketball. It led to perhaps their worst loss this season against an Indiana team with a handful of injured stars watching in street clothes.
Keifer Sykes hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 left in overtime and a layup the next possession, Chris Duarte scored 27 points and the understaffed Pacers beat Stephen Curry and the Warriors 121-117 Thursday evening.
Golden State had one last chance with 6.4 seconds left after a jump ball and Klay Thompson checked in but couldn’t shoot.
“We definitely sped up a bit, 9 for 42 of 3, but it wasn’t a good game in terms of execution to get those 42 3-point shots,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I don’t think we’ve earned the right to do much more than that. It felt like we were scattered there and rushed for sure.
Curry scored 39 but none in overtime, missing a 3 from the top of the arc with 16.5 seconds left. He had a tying layup with 2:44 left and four free throws in the final 34.5 seconds of regulation time, but Golden State gave up Justin Holiday 3’s tie with 6 seconds left to send the game into TO.
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“As for the 3 point shot that equalized, I am normally a foul maker and I take the hit on that one too. It was my night to stink it,” Kerr said.
Duarte hit the clutch jumpers late in regulation as the determined Pacers held their ground on a night they missed the starting duo of Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert, as well as starting center Domantas Sabonis through injury.
Juan Toscano-Anderson, who had a key 3 with 3:19 left, rebounded off Torrey Craig’s miss with 15.7 seconds left and Curry converted the free throws.
Indiana center Goga Bitadze was sent off with 6:44 to go after his second technical after fouling Gary Payton II, who passed the 6-foot-11 center for a southpaw slam and was also whistled for a technique.
“I didn’t say anything,” said Payton, who scratched his head after the dunk and looked at Bitazdze, who appeared to be trying to headbutt the Warriors star.
Thompson drove to the basket for a nice reverse layup in the second quarter and again showed signs of his former dominant self after returning earlier this month after a 2½-year absence following operations left knee and right Achilles tendon. He missed all seven of his 3-point tries and Golden State players except Curry were 0 of 14 until Damion Lee connected with 40 seconds left in the third.
“I just have to give it time,” Kerr said.
Curry had 18 points at halftime to help Golden State take a 63-55 lead and finished 12 of 27 with six 3-pointers. Kevon Looney grabbed 15 rebounds for his best fourth straight career game with double-digit boards. DeMarcus Cousins was the last Warriors player with 10 or more rebounds in four straight games, doing so five in a row from Feb. 12-28, 2019, according to Elias.
Indiana snapped a four-game losing streak with a 111-104 road win over the Lakers on Wednesday. The Pacers face the top two teams in the Western Conference in back-to-back games when they play Phoenix on Saturday.
The Warriors are down to 10-1 this season against the Eastern Conference.
Golden State canceled practice Wednesday and had a fun game of Home Run Derby instead.
“Everyone is tired from all the traveling the last month or so, just felt like a good day to relax and do something fun,” Kerr said. “…Klay was good. I know you’re going to be shocked that Steph and Klay are both great.
Wilhelmina Attles, a former Oakland teacher and wife of the Al Attles Warriors Hall of Fame, was honored at the Educator Appreciation Night and the Oakland Unified School District said Jan. 20, “Ms. Attles Day. She left the court in tears after the half-time ceremony, visibly touched.
The Warriors recorded their 400th straight sale spanning the regular season and playoffs — excluding limited fan capacity last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The streak dates back to December 18, 2012 against New Orleans.
Pacers: Brogdon has right Achilles tendon pain, LeVert has a sore right calf and Sabonis has a sprained left ankle. … Indiana improved to 5-17 on the road with its third straight win at the Warriors’ home court.
Warriors: Rookie Jonathan Kuminga, in the starting lineup during Draymond Green’s injury absence, was hit with his first career technical for making contact with Lance Stephenson midway through the second. … Otto Porter Jr. played the first straight game while Thompson and Andre Iguodala are scheduled to rest Friday against the Rockets. … The Warriors are still hoping that C James Wiseman, who is recovering from right knee surgery, will soon start facing each other with contact, but limited scheduled practices made it difficult with the big man who needed to rinse the knee to relieve swelling last month. “At this point, I’m also aware that I’m the boy who cried wolf a bit,” Kerr said. “When it happens, it happens and we’ll let you know.”
Pacers: At the Suns on Saturday night.
Warriors: Host Houston on Friday night to complete a straight game after earning four straight wins over the Rockets.
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