• December 10, 2021

NBA Playoffs: Pacers beat Warriors in OT

With the Pacers still struggling in a game in which they trailed by seven points, the Indiana Pacers rallied in the final minutes to beat the Golden State Warriors 108-105 in overtime.

The Pacers had to come from behind to beat a team that had lost three of its last four games.

Indiana led by seven at the half and held a 53-42 lead after a 3-pointer by Andrew Bynum with 1:15 remaining in regulation.

The Warriors responded with a 3 by David West with 2:06 remaining, and the Pacers went on to pull away for good.

The win gave the Pacers their seventh straight victory.

George Hill had 18 points for the Pacers, who beat the Warriors for the second time in four games for the first time in franchise history.

The Pacers were without Stephen Curry, who missed Sunday’s victory at Denver with a strained left groin.

The Warriors lost for the third time in their last four regular season games.

This was the first loss in five games for Stephen Curry and his Warriors, who had won three straight after a six-game winning streak snapped with a 109-106 defeat at Denver on Sunday.

Curry was held to just five points on 3-of-11 shooting, and he missed his sixth straight game with a sore left groin, which he has not played since Oct. 24.

The game was the third of four meetings between the two teams, and both teams played to a scoreless draw in the first meeting.

The teams split the previous meeting on Jan. 27, when Curry scored 17 points in the win.

The Golden State bench outscored the Pacers by a total of 44-32 in the third quarter.

The home team’s big men outscared the Warriors by an average of 19.3 points per game.

The home team led by as many as 14 in the second quarter, and Golden State went on a 17-5 run to take a 71-56 lead.

The Indiana bench outrebounded the Warriors’ bench 29-13.

West scored 14 of his 22 points in overtime, helping the Pacers take a 67-58 lead into the final period.

The final seven minutes of regulation were a struggle for the Indiana bench.

The game was tied at 63 with 4:03 remaining when Hill scored on a drive to the basket to give the Pacers the lead at 84-81.

The score was tied after Hill missed a 3 with 3:34 remaining.

Hill and a strong effort by Andrew Bogut helped the Pacers hold on to take control of the game.

After a 10-second violation on a turnover in the closing seconds, Indiana was down by seven when Curry hit a jumper and the game went into overtime.

The lead changed hands four times in the extra period as Indiana outscoured the Warriors 31-20 in the overtime period.