It was a well matched game at Conseco Field House tonight, but unfortunately for the W’s the home team prevailed.
The Golden State Warriors came up short again tonight despite a blazing 25 points from Reggie Williams off the bench as the Indiana Pacers finished off the W’s for a 109-100 loss in Indianapolis. With the loss it makes if four straight L’s for the Warriors, who are still winless on their longest road trip of the season with four more games to go.
The Warriors turned a 10 point deficit half way through the 4th into a 3 point one in about a minute and a half due to a couple of clutch Curry jumpers, but the W’s simply couldn’t get over the hump to regain the lead. Reggie Williams’ huge game consisted of 10-14 shooting from the floor including 5-7 in 25 minutes which made up for Monta Ellis’ poor shooting night (5-17 for 13 points, no 3’s). Stephen Curry and David Lee had 20 and 19 respectively.
The Pacers used a balanced attack tonight with 6 players in double figures (Granger 27, Hansbrough 14, Collison 13, Hibbert 12, George 12, Jones 10) but it was the free throw differential that once again killed the Warriors as the Pacers were a +19 in points from the stripe. The W’s were right there with Indiana in field goal percentage (42% a piece) and rebounding (46-44) but simply couldn’t get to the line enough to bail themselves out. The Warriors playoff dreams are becoming more and more improbable every day.
The Warriors are now 26-33 for the season, 7 games under .500 and 6 games behind the Memphis Grizzles for 8th spot in the West. Golden State will have to regroup quickly as they travel to our nation’s capital tomorrow to face the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. Tip-off is at 4:00 PT.
Full box score can be found here.