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

Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors beat Pacers, stay on top
December 2, 2012, 5:51 am
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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.