Behind a monster shooting performance from Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors cruised to a victory over the Indiana Pacers 131-123 on Tuesday.
The Warriors are now 23-0 to start the season, with 27 straight wins from last season, tying the 2012-13 Miami Heat for the second-longest streak in NBA history. The 1971-72 Lakers hold the record with 33 wins in a row.
He wound up leaving the game with an ankle injury, though. After the Warriors bench was unable to protect a 30-point lead in the fourth quarter, coach Luke Walton was forced to bring his starters back into the game. Thompson then sprained his ankle trying to contest a layup from Chase Budinger.
Nagging injuries to Thompson and Harrison Barnes (who sat out Tuesday with a sprained ankle of his own) and Golden State’s bench may be the team’s only weaknesses.
Steph Curry answered the Pacers’ run with some key shots late, finishing with 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting. He and Thompson were joined in double figures by Andrew Bogut, Brandon Rush and Festus Ezeli.
The Pacers, meanwhile, were led by Paul George, who scored 33 points on 11-of-27 shooting. C.J. Miles added 24, hitting 5-of-11 from three-point range.
Indiana will get its shot at revenge on January 22 on Golden State’s home floor at Oracle Arena.