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Pacers sweep season series vs Warriors with 126-106 romp

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers looked playoff-ready Thursday night against a Golden State team that's still working on it.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points on a nearly perfect shooting night, Victor Oladipo added 21 and the Pacers pulled away from the short-handed defending champions for a 126-106 blowout - and their first season sweep of the Warriors since 2011-12.

''We're the underdog in every matchup,'' Oladipo said. ''We've just got to continue to keep getting better. We still have room to get better, especially going into the playoffs.''

It's hard to imagine how much better the Pacers can play after dominating the three-time defending Western Conference champs, who played their seventh straight game without Stephen Curry due to a left MCL sprain.

The Pacers shot better than the high-scoring Warriors inside and outside the 3-point line. They outrebounded Golden State and held Klay Thompson scoreless in the second half. They took the lead for good on Lance Stephenson's 3 with 9:46 left in the first half and never allowed Golden State to get closer than 10 after halftime.

After falling into a 21-point deficit with 7:14 left, Warriors coach Steve Kerr pulled five players, including Kevin Durant, leaving them on the bench for the rest of the game before delivering his blunt postgame assessment.

''I think just caring, caring in general, that was the main problem,'' he said. ''Just in general, it's hard to win an NBA game if you don't put forth an effort at all. Yeah, I'm mad. I'm embarrassed. I know that this game doesn't mean anything in the seeding, but the playoffs start next week. It was an embarrassing effort, a pathetic effort.''

Indiana took full advantage.

The Pacers became the first Eastern Conference team to sweep the Warriors since 2013-14. They earned their sixth win in seven games and their second in nine days over Golden State.

Indiana also moved a half-game closer to supplanting Philadelphia for the No. 4 seed.

Sure, the Pacers did all that against a team missing Curry, but that's something Golden State must solve.

''It's tough to turn it on, especially when you're missing a guy like Steph,'' Shaun Livingston said. ''We've got to challenge ourselves. Hopefully, that's how we can get this started.''

Durant had 27 points, five rebounds and seven assists, and Thompson finished with 16 as Golden State's three-game winning streak ended.

The Warriors were never really close after the early moments of the second quarter.

Indiana pulled out to a 52-42 lead late in the second quarter, made it 62-51 at halftime and led by 21 during the third quarter before Golden State opened the fourth with 10 straight points to cut the deficit to 97-87.

Indiana answered with seven straight and closed it out with a 10-0 spurt.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Have lost three series this season. Only seven teams have beaten them twice - Houston, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Denver, Utah, Portland and Indiana. ... Golden State could have tied Phoenix's NBA record for best road mark (14-1) by a Western Conference team against Eastern Conference opponents. Golden State wound up 13-2. ... Thompson was 4 of 9 on 3s to move past Tim Hardaway (1,542) for 25th on the league's career list. Thompson has 1,545.

Pacers: Have five wins against last year's NBA finalists - two over Golden State and three over runner-up Cleveland. ... Oladipo extended his streak of consecutive games with a steal to 62. It's the sixth longest streak in league history. ... Oladipo had six rebounds, seven assists and three steals, setting a franchise record with six straight games with three or more steals. ... Bogdanovic was 11 of 13 from the field and 6 of 7 on 3s. ... Thad Young had 16 points and eight rebounds.

INJURY UPDATE

Golden State guard Patrick McCaw will miss at least four weeks after being diagnosed with a bruised spine. Then he will be re-evaluated, the team said in a statement.

McCaw was injured on a frightful fall Saturday at Sacramento. He was released from a hospital Sunday after preliminary tests showed no structural damage or problems with his nervous system. Additional exams revealed no neurological damage, but he didn't make the trip to Indianapolis.

He averages 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

HE SAID IT

''I was really looking forward to playing them with their roster tonight, just to see where we were,'' Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ''I thought our guys responded to the challenge of the things we needed to do defensively.''

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host New Orleans on Saturday, looking for their 11th straight win in the series.

Pacers: Will try to end an eight-game road losing streak at Toronto on Friday.

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Key Players
K. Durant
35 SF
V. Oladipo
4 SG
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
23.4 Pts. Per Game 23.4
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
51.4 Field Goal % 47.5
51.5 Three Point % 47.5
89.2 Free Throw % 80.8
  Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf 0:13
  Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Nick Young 0:25
  Trevor Booker missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:29
+ 2 Quinn Cook made fade-away jump shot 0:52
+ 3 Joe Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Glenn Robinson III 1:05
+ 2 Zaza Pachulia made turnaround jump shot 1:23
  Offensive foul on Joe Young 1:36
  Offensive foul on Joe Young 1:36
  Bad pass turnover on Quinn Cook, stolen by Glenn Robinson III 1:53
+ 2 Joe Young made driving dunk 2:10
Team Stats
Points 106 126
Field Goals 37-83 (44.6%) 50-93 (53.8%)
3-Pointers 9-29 (31.0%) 15-29 (51.7%)
Free Throws 23-24 (95.8%) 11-15 (73.3%)
Total Rebounds 41 53
Offensive 13 13
Defensive 26 34
Team 2 6
Assists 29 32
Steals 6 11
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 16 12
Fouls 15 24
Technicals 2 1
27 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST
21 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Warriors 57-22 26252629106
home team logo Pacers 47-32 27353529126
Team Stats
away team logo Warriors 57-22 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
home team logo Pacers 47-32 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
K. Durant SF 26.4 PPG 6.8 RPG 5.4 APG 51.6 FG%
B. Bogdanovic SF 14.3 PPG 3.4 RPG 1.5 APG 47.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Durant SF 27 PTS 5 REB 7 AST
B. Bogdanovic SF 28 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
44.6 FG% 53.8
31.0 3PT FG% 51.7
95.8 FT% 73.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 32 27 5 7 3 1 4 3 8/23 2/10 9/9 0 5 46 -17
K. Thompson 30 16 7 1 1 0 1 0 6/16 4/9 0/0 3 4 25 -14
Q. Cook 36 12 3 6 1 0 2 3 5/12 2/5 0/0 1 2 26 -15
D. Green 29 9 3 5 0 1 2 2 3/3 1/1 2/2 0 3 21 -16
J. McGee 12 6 5 0 0 0 3 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 4 1 8 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 32 27 5 7 3 1 4 3 8/23 2/10 9/9 0 5 46 -17
K. Thompson 30 16 7 1 1 0 1 0 6/16 4/9 0/0 3 4 25 -14
Q. Cook 36 12 3 6 1 0 2 3 5/12 2/5 0/0 1 2 26 -15
D. Green 29 9 3 5 0 1 2 2 3/3 1/1 2/2 0 3 21 -16
J. McGee 12 6 5 0 0 0 3 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 4 1 8 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Jones 12 7 1 1 0 0 1 0 3/4 0/0 1/1 0 1 9 -2
K. Looney 22 6 3 1 1 1 0 1 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 1 13 -6
S. Livingston 15 6 3 3 0 1 2 0 2/6 0/0 2/2 0 3 14 -12
Z. Pachulia 7 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/1 0/0 3/4 0 1 5 +1
N. Young 20 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/4 0/4 4/4 0 3 7 -1
J. Bell 10 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 1 10 -7
D. West 10 4 3 3 0 1 0 3 1/2 0/0 2/2 2 1 14 -3
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Casspi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Iguodala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 106 39 29 6 5 16 15 37/83 9/29 23/24 13 26 198 -100
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 30 28 3 2 1 1 2 3 11/13 6/7 0/0 0 3 35 +30
V. Oladipo 33 21 6 7 3 0 2 2 9/17 3/5 0/0 1 5 42 +27
T. Young 28 16 8 5 2 1 0 2 7/11 0/2 2/4 5 3 37 +34
D. Collison 23 15 5 5 2 0 1 1 6/8 1/1 2/2 1 4 31 +17
M. Turner 25 8 3 1 0 0 2 2 3/9 0/4 2/2 0 3 11 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 30 28 3 2 1 1 2 3 11/13 6/7 0/0 0 3 35 +30
V. Oladipo 33 21 6 7 3 0 2 2 9/17 3/5 0/0 1 5 42 +27
T. Young 28 16 8 5 2 1 0 2 7/11 0/2 2/4 5 3 37 +34
D. Collison 23 15 5 5 2 0 1 1 6/8 1/1 2/2 1 4 31 +17
M. Turner 25 8 3 1 0 0 2 2 3/9 0/4 2/2 0 3 11 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Sabonis 23 13 9 2 1 1 2 5 4/11 1/2 4/5 1 8 26 +1
L. Stephenson 15 9 6 3 0 0 1 1 3/6 2/2 1/2 2 4 20 -5
J. Young 3 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 0 4 -5
C. Joseph 24 5 1 4 1 0 1 2 2/8 1/3 0/0 0 1 14 +3
T. Booker 14 4 5 2 0 0 0 4 2/5 0/1 0/0 3 2 13 -7
G. Robinson III 12 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 5 -7
T. Leaf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -2
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 126 47 32 11 3 12 24 50/93 15/29 11/15 13 34 239 +100