Pacers win is first in two seasons Warriors have no 20-point scorer in a game
The Golden State Warriors remain one of the most talented outfits in NBA history. They’re also two-time defending champions. But this version of Steve Kerr’s team, despite its utter dominance at times throughout 2017-18, hasn’t quite found the “Strength In Numbers” cohesion that its predecessors generally had mastered – until Thursday night, at least.
The Warriors beat the Indiana Pacers 112-89 at Oracle Arena without a single player scoring more than 20 points, pulling off that feat for the first time in quite a while, as The Athletic’s Anthony Slater noted on Twitter.
This will be the first time in two seasons and only the fourth time in the KD era that the Warriors won't have a 20-point scorer. Balanced point totals (Cousins 19, Klay 18, KD 15, Curry 15, Iguodala 11, Draymond 10) + great defense = blowout of the Pacers.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 22, 2019
Demarcus Cousins led the Warriors with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Every started scored at least 18 points but Draymond Green, who had 10 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Andre Iguodala added 11 points off the bench on six-of-7 shooting, part of a 35-point effort from Golden State’s bench.
Kevin Durant, who had 15 points, three rebounds, and six assists on 6-of-9 shooting, played this game with a heavy heart after the tragic death of Cliff Dixon, his “adopted brother,” who passed away Thursday morning. Dixon, also close with Warriors guard Quinn Cook, another Washington D.C. area native, was shot to death in Atlanta.
“I know he will be playing with a heavy heart,” Steve Kerr said of Durant before the game.”
The win moves the Golden State into a half-game tie over the Denver Nuggets for first in the Western Conference. Michael Malone’s team beat the Washington Wizards in Denver on Thursday night. The Warriors lead the season series between the teams 2-1, with a final meeting at Oracle Arena on April 2nd.