Stuckey scores 30 points, Pacers beat Warriors 104-98
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Rodney Stuckey scored 30 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors 104-98 on Sunday night.
The Warriors played without star guard Stephen Curry for the first time this season. He sat out because of soreness in his right ankle.
Showing little signs of the left ankle sprain he suffered in a victory at Philadelphia on Friday night, Stuckey made a cutting layup off a pass from David West to give Indiana a 91-90 lead with 3:58 left.
C.J. Miles added 13 points. He made a 3-poiner from the right wing with 26.5 seconds to make it 101-97.
Klay Thompson scored 39 points for Golden State. Andre Iguodala added 14.
The Pacers trailed by as much as 12 points in the first quarter. Indiana took its first lead at 46-45 when C.J. Watson hit a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter. The basket capped a 20-7 run to open the period.
Watson joined Stuckey to lead the Pacers’ bench attack. The group of reserves had 61 points.
Indiana stretched the lead to five and held a 58-57 advantage at the break.
Warriors: The Warriors shot 95.4 percent from the free throw line. Their lone miss came on the last attempt of the night with 23.5 seconds to play.
Pacers: Paul George is the lone Pacers player on the injury report. Pacers players have missed a combined total of 180 games and Indiana has used 12 different starting lineups. … Indiana outscored the Warriors 30-19 in the second quarter and held the league’s top offense to 26.9 percent shooting.
Warriors: Visit Washington on Tuesday night.
Pacers: Visit Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.