Hibbert's ejection sparks Pacers in win over Warriors
Tussle between Hibbert, Lee spills into seats along baseline
The Pacers led by 10 points when center Roy Hibbert was ejected for his role in a near fracas, and they pushed the advantage up to 15 en route to a 108-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"A heck of a win," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "(Golden State) is as challenging as any to guard in the league."
Power forward David West scored 28 points for the Pacers (36-21). George Hill scored 23, and All-Star Paul George added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana, which has won five straight games. Including Tuesday, each of the Pacers' past 10 victories has featured a double-digit margin.
"Everything we're doing is within the flow of the offense," West said. "We're passing, sharing the ball, making extra passes when they are there."
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was the best player on the court. He had a game-high 38 points on 14-of-20 shooting. Klay Thompson added 13 points for the Warriors (33-24).
"That was one heck of a shooting performance by Steph Curry," Vogel said. "He's as good a shooter as I've ever seen."
The Pacers shot 48 percent from the field and scored 31 points in two different quarters.
Emotions simmered midway through the fourth quarter when Hibbert and Warriors All-Star big man David Lee got into a pushing match under the basket.
Curry jumped into the mix, but Hibbert threw him to the ground. Curry got right back up and went after Hibbert again, but the Pacers shoved him to the side again.
That caused all 10 players on the court to get into it, and coaches from both teams ran onto the court as the near-fracas pushed into the seats along the baseline.
"It looked like a bunch of pushing and shoving to me," Vogel said.
When things settled down, Hibbert was given two technical fouls, which means an automatic ejection. West, Curry, Lee and Thompson all picked up technicals, too.
"Indiana's a very physical team," Lee said. "They're one of the most physical teams, if not the most physical team in the East. We beat them at our place and expected them to come back at us tonight."
Hibbert went to the showers with 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 28 minutes.
The Pacers took off and never looked back after that. The Warriors turned the ball over 20 times in all.
"You can't give the extra possessions, and we were careless with the basketball," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "We got away with it in Minnesota the other night. Truth be told, the Pacers are a different team and a better team, and we paid the price tonight."
NOTES: Warriors center Andrew Bogut is still out of the lineup with back spasms. The team doesn't know when he'll be back. "We'll play it by ear, as we have been, continue to be patient," Jackson said. "He'll continue to get treatment, continue to rehab, and when he's ready, we'll welcome him back, but until then, we're not going to rush him." ... Small forward Danny Granger played his second game of the season for the Pacers. Vogel said he'd continue to bring Granger off the bench for the time being until the veteran is ready to move into the starting lineup. Lance Stephenson will go to the bench once that happens. Granger scored five points in 19 minutes Tuesday. ... Vogel said Curry, who entered averaging 21.0 points a game, should have made the Western Conference All-Star team. "He's an absolutely an All Star," Vogel said. "Looking at his numbers, we looked the guys who did make it, I don't know if there's anybody who did make it who shouldn't have made it. But he's definitely an All Star. It's one of those deals where that many guys were having that type of (good) season."
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