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Klay Thompson’s 40 Points Leads Warriors Past Pacers

| by Daniel Yancelson

Klay Thompson scored 40 points and the Warriors got past the Pacers 117-102 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Wednesday night.

The Warriors struggled early against a Pacers team that took an 11 point lead in the first quarter. The Warriors, who have won 13 straight at home, settled in nicely and bounced back to win their fifth straight overall.

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"We were tested," Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr said. "We had to figure a lot of things out as we went, and I thought the players did a great job of kind of just doing some things on their own and sorting through the game."

Thompson stepped up in the second half, scoring 27 of his 40 points. He made six of 11 three-pointers and 14-25 from the field. Stephen Curry added 21 points and 15 assists—his season-high—and became the fastest player to reach 1,000 3-pointers in NBA history; he reached the milestone in his 369th game, surpassing Dennis Scott, who reached it after 457 games.

The Pacers had six players in double-figures in scoring, including Solomon Hill, who led the team with 21 points. David West added 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while both Donald Sloan and Luis Scola scored 14 points apiece.

The Pacers lost their starting center Roy Hibbert in the first quarter after he limped off the court with a sprained left ankle. Hibbert missed four games earlier this season with the same injury, but said this is not as bad. Head coach, Frank Vogel said they are not sure of the severity of the injury and that Hibbert is day-to-day.

Both the Pacers and the Warriors get a day off Thursday, before getting back to action Friday night. The Pacers will host the Boston Celtics, while the Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Source: ESPN / Photo Credit: Flickr