Thompson's jumper with 0.6 seconds left bails out Warriors
Klay Thompson's final stat line: 25 points (16 in 4th quarter), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover. (USATI)
It was all there, from the vociferous crowd to the playoff intensity, from the stifling defense to the circus shots. And the Warriors had a 13-point fourth-quarter lead against the team with the best record in the NBA.
And when the Indiana Pacers rallied, Klay Thompson, who has struggled so much during these recent weeks, made sure the Warriors finished the job.
Thompson buried a 12-foot turnaround jumper over Pacers guard George Hill with 0.6 seconds left to give the Warriors a pulsating 98-96 win over the Pacers on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Warriors (37-24) became only the fourth team to win at Indiana (46-14) this season.
Thompson's game-winner snuffed out a stirring Pacers comeback, as they went on a 17-4 run to tie the game at 96-96 on two free throws by Paul George with 1:06 remaining.
In a game that was tight through the first three quarters, the Warriors broke it open in the most shocking way – with All-Star point guard Stephen Curry watching from the bench, alongside starting center Andrew Bogut, who was alongside power forward David Lee, who was alongside small forward Andre Iguodala.
Thompson and the bench brigade put together a terrific fourth quarter Tuesday night to put the Warriors in position to win, giving them a 3-2 record on the current six-game road trip.
Thompson finished with a team-high 25 points. Curry scored 19 and Lee added 11. Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green each scored 10 off the bench. The Warriors bench outscored Indiana's subs 34-11.
Power forward David West led Indiana with 27 points, while shooting guard Paul George added 26.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Thompson was huge in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points during a 17-7 Warriors run that spanned 4:35, giving the Warriors a 92-79 lead that seemed secure at the time.
The contributions of Green (10 points, seven rebounds) and Barnes (10 and five) were immense, particularly in the final quarter.
TURNING POINT: There were several, the first being the Warriors pulling out to a late double-digit lead.
But when that margin was wiped out by Indiana, the Warriors turned to Thompson. He posted up Hill and bailed them out.
INJURY UPDATE: C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) is out.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors on Wednesday play the Celtics TD Garden in Boston in the finale of the two-game season series. The Warriors won the first meeting, 99-97, on Jan. 10 at Oracle Arena.