NBA Basketball

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Golden State 40 29 32 31 132
Indiana 22 26 31 21 100
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Pacers search for answers as Warriors roar into town

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers

  1. The Warriors have won 10 straight overall and nine straight on the road, the longest road win streak in the NBA this season. Golden State has gone 13-2 (.867) away from home since December 1 -- the next-best road record in that span belongs to Milwaukee at 9-5 (.643).
  2. Since 2014-15, the Warriors have had 25 single-season spans of 15 road games with at worst a 13-2 record. In this time, the rest of the league combined has had 24 such spans (counts overlapping spans).
  3. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 33 points in their 115-11 win over the Celtics on Saturday. Durant now has 296 career games with 30 or more points, second only to LeBron James (439) among active players.
  4. The Pacers lost to the Grizzlies, 106-103, in their first game since Victor Oladipo's season-ending injury. Since last season, Indiana has gone 73-38 (.658) with Oladipo compared to 7-12 (.368) without him.
  5. Myles Turner is averaging 2.79 blocks this season to lead the NBA, and is accounting for 49.6 percent of his team's rejections. The highest ever mark in a full season by a Pacers player belongs to Jermaine O'Neal, who accounted for 48.4 percent of Indiana's blocks in 2003-04.
  6. Indiana beat Golden State twice last season, limiting the Warriors to an average of 93.5 points across those two games. No other team has held the Warriors to a scoring average of under 100.0 points since last season.
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Indiana Pacers get a chance to make a statement about the state of the franchise in the wake of Victor Oladipo's season-ending torn quad tendon when they host the NBA's hottest team, the Golden State Warriors, on Monday night.

The matchup comes at the end of Golden State's 11-day, five-game trip, during which they ran their NBA-best road winning streak to nine with a thrilling 115-111 victory at Boston on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the Pacers were amplifying the fears of many fans when they played their first full game without Oladipo since December and were beaten 106-103 at Memphis against a team that had lost its previous eight games.

The Pacers posted their second-lowest point total since Dec. 19 and their third-lowest field goal percentage (43.2) since Dec. 18.

Both of those games came shortly after Oladipo returned from an 11-game absence due to what was then called a sore right knee. The Pacers went 7-4 in those games, making them now 7-5 without their leader in scoring (18.6) and steals (1.7), their No. 2 in assists (5.2) and their No. 4 in rebounds (5.6).

"It's a huge hit, but I've seen teams bounce back before when they lose their best player," said point guard Darren Collison. "It's going to be no different."

The Pacers inserted super-sub Tyreke Evans into Oladipo's starting spot Saturday and that didn't go particularly well. He was held to nine points after having scored in double figures off the bench in each of his previous seven games.

Meanwhile, the Indiana bench, which ranks ninth in the NBA in points per game (40.2) and third in field goal percentage (48.2), was limited to 34 points on 35.5 percent shooting.

The Warriors had offensive struggles against the Pacers while getting swept in the two-game season series last year. They averaged just 93.5 points in those contests.

But that was without all four of their 2018 All-Stars -- Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green -- in a 92-81 home loss in March, and still without Curry in a 126-106 defeat the last time they visited Indiana in April.

And now the Warriors have added a fifth 2018 All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins, who has contributed 13.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists to four straight wins since debuting for Golden State on Jan. 18.

He had 15 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes against Boston in a game that coach Steve Kerr labeled a "challenge" for his two-time defending champions.

"We needed to be challenged," he said of the matchup with a team that had won 10 in a row at home. "We were challenged big-time, and it could have gone either way."

The win was the 300th of Kerr's career in just 377 games as the Golden State coach, making him the fastest to reach the milestone in NBA history. Pat Riley held the previous record of 300 wins in 416 games.

The victory also gave Golden State a 10-game winning streak for a sixth consecutive season, a feat done previously only by the San Antonio Spurs from 2011-16.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 28, 2019

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