Indiana at Golden State

Ellis' last-second jumper propels Warriors past Pacers

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Monta Ellis is having an All-Star season. Whether he plays in the midseason game is irrelevant to him.

Ellis made a jumper with less than a second remaining to give the Golden State Warriors a 110-108 victory against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

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"I wanted that one," he said. "I was concentrating on knocking it down, too. Coach [Keith Smart] drew the play up and he said he wanted it to be the last shot, so that's what I did ... took the last shot."

Ellis scored 36 points for the Warriors, who matched a season high with their third consecutive victory. David Lee and Dorell Wright each added 21 points as Golden State beat the Pacers at home for the fifth consecutive time.

"He is letting his game speak for itself," Smart said of Ellis. "Having talked to a lot of coaches, they have noticed how well he is playing. Our All-Star made a play, made two big plays."

Ellis would rather not discuss his All-Star aspirations.

"I don't know; who knows," Ellis said. "I'm going to let the coaches decide what they decide. If they decide not to put me in, we still have the goal to make the playoffs [and] I'm looking forward to that."

Danny Granger had 32 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who lost their third straight overall and their 11th in the past 12 road games. Tyler Hansbrough added 16 points and Jeff Foster matched his season high with 15 rebounds.

Stephen Curry added 11 points and seven assists for the Warriors. Darren Collison and Mike Dunleavy each had 14 for the Pacers.

"We lost the game because we turned the ball over," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We can't give up 27 points on turnovers if we want to win. Monta hit a great shot, but we lost because of the turnovers and that's the bottom line."

Indiana led 105-103 when Ellis, who was 16 of 28 from the field, took a charge with 2:28 left and hit a short jumper 23 seconds later to tie the game.

"If he's not an All-Star, there's something wrong with the process," Lee said. "He's doing a great job."

The Pacers turned the ball over again on their next possession, allowing the Warriors to take a one-point lead when Lee hit one of two free throws.

Another turnover led to Curry's running bank shot and a three-point lead. Collison tied it when he converted a three-point play with 18 seconds left.

"This is probably one of the toughest ones of the season," Collison said. "We were on the road and had the lead. We let it slip away by not making smart decisions. Monta Ellis did his thing. It's tough to guard him."

After a Warriors timeout, Ellis took the ensuing inbounds pass from Brandan Wright and held the ball against Brandon Rush at the top of the key for 12 seconds. He made a move to his right and pulled up for the game-winning jumper over the 6-6 Rush.

"He hits big shots when time is running down," Curry said. "You could tell how confident he was from the time he got the ball until the time he released it."

Hansbrough scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Pacers took the early advantage.

The Pacers used a 17-2 run that bridged the first and second quarters to take an 11-point lead. They eventually settled for a 58-53 advantage at halftime.

Acie Law hit a jumper from just inside the halfcourt stripe to end the third quarter, bringing the Warriors within 83-81 heading into the final quarter.

Notes

  • Pacers C Roy Hibbert was given the night off with an upper-respiratory infection. He was limited to a season-low 12 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.
  • Dunleavy recorded three assists in the first half to reach 1,500.
  • The Warriors did not record a second-chance point in the first half, grabbing only two offensive rebounds.
  • Warriors F Lou Amundson sustained a mild left ankle sprain in the third quarter and did not return.
  • Ellis has scored more than 30 points in four of his past six games and 12 times overall.
  • Granger is two field goals shy of 2,500.
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Monta Ellis hits the game-winning jumper with less than a second remaining to lead the Warriors over the Pacers. (Getty Images)
Monta Ellis hits the game-winning jumper with less than a second remaining to lead the Warriors over the Pacers. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Indiana (16-23)29292525108
Golden State (18-23) «28252829110
IND:D. Granger 32 Pts
IND:J. Foster 15 Reb
IND:D. Granger 6 Ast
GS:M. Ellis 36 Pts
GS:D. Lee 9 Reb
GS:S. Curry 7 Ast
Players of the Game
IndianaGolden State

Danny Granger

Monta Ellis
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
321363656
Indiana
D. Granger, SF4211-196-8136132
B. Rush, SG363-70-03017
D. Collison, PG325-113-315214
T. Hansbrough, PF245-126-651316
J. McRoberts, PF183-41-22107
J. Foster, C301-81-215253
M. Dunleavy, SF305-132-254114
A. Price, PG162-32-20127
P. George, SF122-44-45148
J. Posey, SFDid Not Play
T. Ford, PGDid Not Play
D. Jones, SGDid Not Play
S. Jones, PFDid Not Play
R. Hibbert, CDid Not Play
L. Stephenson, SGDid Not Play
Totals 37-8125-29492119108
 45.7%86.2% 
Golden State
M. Ellis, PG4416-282-356236
D. Wright, SG429-171-123021
D. Lee, C367-117-1093421
S. Curry, PG334-103-347111
A. Biedrins, C244-60-05148
A. Law, PG162-41-20207
V. Radmanovic, SF130-40-02010
B. Wright, PF123-30-04026
R. Williams, SG100-30-01010
E. Udoh, PF60-10-01020
L. Amundson, PF50-10-02010
C. Bell, SGDid Not Play
D. Gadzuric, CDid Not Play
J. Lin, PGDid Not Play
Totals 45-8814-19352218110
 51.1%73.7% 
Other Games
Pho 106 Final
Cle 98
Utah 95 Final
NJ 103
Phi 98 Final
Orl 99
Det 82 Final
Bos 86
Mem 102 Final
NO 103
Wash 87 Final
Mil 100
NY 89 Final
Hou 104
Tor 95 Final
SA 104
LAL 100 Final
Dal 109
OKC 107 Final
Den 112
Port 94 Final
Sac 90
Min 111 Final
LAC 126