After coming back against the Los Angeles Clippers and surviving a rally from the Toronto Raptors, the Golden State Warriors winning streak came to a close with the Indiana Pacers in town on Tuesday night.
Despite Golden State leading throughout the contest, the Pacers closed out the Warriors with a 31-20 advantage in the final quarter. Aaron Holiday and Myles Turner combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter to steal the game late against the Warriors. With five minutes remaining, the Pacers cracked off a 13-0 run to take control of the game, 104-95.
Although the Warriors played fierce defense against Indiana, they had no answer for Turner. The Indiana center led the Pacers with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field with 11 rebounds and four blocks. Along with his presence inside, Turner hurt the Warriors from beyond the arc, hitting a trio of triples. Turner knocked down a 3-pointer to give Indiana a three-point lead with three minutes remaining in the contest.
Golden State will officially finish their seven-game homestand with a 4-3 record.
The Warriors will now set out on a tough road trip with matchups against three potential Western Conference playoff teams. Over the next three games, the Warriors will suit up against the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
New career-high for Andrew Wiggins
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Andrew Wiggins continued his impressive defensive play to start the season with a five-block effort against the Pacers on Wednesday night. Whether it’s gritty on-ball coverage, piling up steals or defending the rim, the former Rookie of the Year has been all over the floor on the defensive end for Steve Kerr’s rotation. Wiggins’ five blocks against Indiana was a new career-high for the six-year veteran. Via @957TheGame on Twitter: https://twitter.com/957thegame/status/1349202618598400002?s=20 To go along with his career-high five blocks, Wiggins finished the contest with 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field with seven boards and three assists in 34 minutes.
Positive signs for Kelly Oubre Jr.
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Through the first 10 games of the season, Kelly Oubre Jr. struggled with a severe shooting slump. The former Phoenix Suns forward was shooting 33.6% from the field and 13.7% from beyond the arc. Oubre Jr. only sunk seven triples on 51 total attempts from beyond the arc on the season. With the Indiana Pacers in town, Oubre Jr. took a step in the right direction. Oubre Jr. notched 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field with five rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. The Kansas product added a trio of 3-pointers on seven attempts from long distance. His performance against the Pacers was a much-needed push towards Oubre Jr. breaking out of his early-season slump. Via @NotDubs408 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NotDubs408/status/1349214195233951744?s=20
Bench struggles without key piece
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One of the bright spots during Golden State’s recent homestand has been the development of Steve Kerr’s second unit. In the middle of it all was NBA sophomore, Eric Paschall. In a small-ball center role, Paschall notched at least double-figures in scoring in his last eight games. Prior to Wednesday’s matchup, Paschall entered the league’s health and safety protocol, ruling him out against the Pacers. Outside of Damion Lee, Golden State’s bench unit was quiet. After scoring 46 points against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, Golden State’s bench only tallied 21 points against Indiana. Lee led the bench unit with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field with three rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes. If Paschall has to miss extended time, Kerr will have to get creative with new rotations that feature members of Golden State’s second unit.