Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors beat Pacers, stay on top


Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors beat Pacers, stay on top


Warriors 103, Pacers 92Player of the game: Jarrett Jack came off the bench and had 18 points, five assists and five rebounds to lead the Warriors to their fifth win in six games.Jack was a picture of stability for the Warriors (10-6), going 8-for-9 from the field, and controlling the game from the point guard position in the fourth period.More and more Warriors coach Mark Jackson is finishing games with a three-guard lineup of Jack, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and thats what he did again on Saturday at Oracle.Key stretch: Curry assisted on a David Lee bucket with 1:25 remaining, then buried a 3-pointer with one minute remaining to shut down any chance of an Indiana (8-9) comeback after they had drawn within eight points late.
Doing it from the line: The Warriors helped themselves by making their free throws. The Warriors finished 18-for-19 from the line with Carl Landry perfect in six attempts and Lee perfect in five.The Warriors entered the game shooting 74.6 percent from the foul line, which ranked only 20th in the NBA.
Jack from 50-plus: Jack ended the third quarter with a bang and the Warriors needed it. Jack connected on a shot from beyond half-court to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter and the shot put Golden State up 82-72 entering the fourth.Jacks heave came from 55 feet away and after the Warriors had given up much of a 16-point third-quarter lead, giving them some wiggle room.Jack had nine points in the third quarter, then scored a quick five points to begin the fourth. He and Landry, who finished with 16 points, were a big reason why the Warriors were able to maintain control for most of the second half.Late first-half flurry: The Warriors went into halftime up 51-44 thanks to a flurry right before halftime. Golden State scored the last six points of the period and finished on a 10-2 run, which included a couple of buckets by Curry and a 3-pointer by Thompson.The Warriors entered Saturdays game ranked 27th in the league in turnovers, averaging 16.4 per game. And they committed 11 in the first half, with Curry and Thompson committing three each.But Golden State made up for those miscues by shooting 51.4 percent from the field and holding the Pacers to 39 percent shooting.

Westbrook on Pachulia's flagrant foul: 'I'm going to get his ass back'

Westbrook on Pachulia's flagrant foul: 'I'm going to get his ass back'

Late in the first half of Wednesday's game between the Warriors and Thunder, Russell Westbrook collided with Zaza Pachulia.

Pachulia appeared to hit Westbrook in the face. The Thunder guard hit the floor and rolled around for a few seconds before bouncing back up.

The officials reviewed the play and assessed a flagrant foul on Pachulia.

After the game, Westbrook was asked about his vantage point on the play and he didn't hold back.

"I don't know. He me kind of hard. But it's alright. I'm going to get his ass back. Straight up," Westbrook said.

He was then asked if he noticed Pachulai standing over him.

"I didn't see that until just now, but I don't play that game. I'm going to get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don't know, but I don't play that game," Westbrook said.

Westbrook's comments were brought to Pachulia after the game and the Warriors center offered this rebuttal.

"I can't worry about that kind of comment. I'm part of an amazing team and we have a great goal of winning a championship. I'm all in with my energy, 100 percent. So we're thinking about this team, staying healthy, moving forward, getting better, getting to the playoffs and playing for the championship. That's what I'm thinking about. I'm not thinking about those kind of comments. That team is not there, so they may be thinking about other stuff like getting me back. Okay, you can get me back. But again, it's my 14th year, we all know what my game is, to play hard, not dirty. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. It wasn't dirty at all. I'm not worried about this," Pachulia told the media.

Westbrook will get that chance on February 11 when the Warriors travel to Oklahoma City.

Warriors F David West suffered fractured thumb vs Thunder

Warriors F David West suffered fractured thumb vs Thunder

The Warriors beat the Thunder Wednesday night, but they lost key role-player David West to non-displaced fracture in his left thumb.

Initially, the Warriors announced that West had suffered a contusion, but an X-ray revealed the fracture.

The team announced that West will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Steve Kerr addressed West's injury after the game and how it might impact the Warriors' rotations.

"It's a big loss. David has been fantastic. He's been playing so well and he's really a big part of our second unit, you know, beginning of second and fourth quarters. We've been really good making a push with that group and he's a big part. We run a lot of our offense through him. So, we'll see. You may see (Kevon) Looney, you may see us change our rotation a little bit, but we'll have to talk about it and figure it out," Kerr said.

More to come...