The Warriors suffered a blowout defeat of 126-106 to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Thursday night. Updates with new lead. However, Kevin Durant did not agree with Kerr's assessment of the team's struggles.
This Pacers team continues to defy all of the odds this season.
Bojan Bogdanovich scored a game-high 28 points while Victor Oladipo scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to give in it's first sweep over Golden State since the 2011-12 season. "We defended at a high level and any time we do that, we will be successful", Oladipo said. We cared. Over the last few games, we cared.They came out with a better strategy, being more aggressive than us. So, um, we've got to be better.
The game was easily within reach for the Warriors, but they were never able to pose a threat.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for the Pacers with 28 points after having an incredible night from the floor (11-13 from the floor; 6-7 from three-point range). Klay Thompson had 16 points before being shut out in the second half.
"I think just caring", Kerr said when asked what the Warriors' main issue is, via NBC Sports. "Just in general, it's hard to win an National Basketball Association game if you don't put forth an effort at all".
"Yeah, I'm mad. I'm embarrassed, I'm embarrassed". I know this game doesn't mean anything in the seeding, but the playoffs start next week. It was an embarrassing effort. They earned their sixth win in seven games and their second in nine days over Golden State.More news: Severe storm risk has gone up for northern counties, communities
Neither game was all that close in the end. Sure, they took advantage of a lineup missing Stephen Curry, but IN was impressive. We got a lot more goals and a lot more things that we want to accomplish. "Hopefully, that's how we can get this started".
The Pacers shot 53.8 percent while limiting Golden State to 44.6 percent shooting. IN led by 20 points, 97-77, heading into the third and won by the same margin, 126-106.
Golden State started the fourth on a 10-0 run, cutting the deficit to 10, but IN answered with seven straight to make it 104-87.
Warriors: Have lost three series this season. Golden State briefly took a small lead early in the second. Thompson was 4 of 9 on 3s to move past Tim Hardaway (1,542) for 25th on the league's career list. To wit, its longest winning streak of the season (eight games) was immediately followed by a four-game skid. Oladipo also had six rebounds and seven assists. Westbrook scored 18 in the first half to help the Thunder stay in the game.
The Warriors were swept by an Eastern Conference team for the first time since Charlotte did it in 2013-14. Backup guard Patrick McCaw will miss at least four weeks with a bruised bone in his spine. Then he will be re-evaluated, the team said in a statement.
McCaw received an MRI shortly after the incident that showed no structural damage. I think we care. "I thought our guys responded well to the challenge".