If ever there was a time to take a high school, middle or elementary school-age student who plays basketball to an NBA game that actually can show them how the game should be played, it’s tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Indiana Pacers (12-7) host the defending NBA champion and unbeaten Golden State Warriors, featuring last year’s league MVP Stephen Curry. The game begins at 7 p.m.
The 6-3, 190-pound Curry is averaging 32.4 points per game and is making it look easy as he literally toys with opponents — by doing little more than playing fundamental and team basketball. His success in the league is a testimony to what can be achieved through countless hours of hard work and practice.
His deft ball-handling, smooth style and never-ending hustle help him average 5.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds a contest, while constantly keeping opponents off balance.
Both teams enjoy playing a bombs away-style. The Warriors shoot 43.7 percent from 3-point range with Indiana close behind at 40.1 percent. Curry is knocking down 47.2 percent of his 3s; Pacers forward Paul George is shooting 45.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Indiana lost the last two games of a Western Conference swing, the latter a 122-119 overtime setback at Utah on Saturday, despite a career-high 48 points by George, who shot 15-of-27 from the floor (8-of-11 3-pointers). George is averaging 27.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
The Pacers’ guards have played well so far. C.J. Miles averages 15.6 points, George Hill averages 12.8 points, 4 rebounds and 3.7 assists with Monta Ellis checking in at 11.7 points and 4.8 assists. Guard Rodney Stuckey has given the Pacers an added boost, averaging 19.3 points in the last three games (11.4 on the season).
The Warriors are coming off a 114-98 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Curry led Golden State with 28 points, forward Draymond Green had 22 points, 9 boards and 7 assists and shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 21 points.
Green has played excellent for the Warriors, averaging 13.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and a team-high 7.2 assists. Thompson scores 17.2 points per game and makes 42 percent of his 3-point attempts. Forward Harrison Barnes (13.4 points, 5 rebounds) will not play due to a sprained left ankle.
At 22-0, the Warriors are chasing the NBA’s longest winning streak — 33 games by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, etc.). The Miami Heat won 27 straight during the 2012-13 season.
A limited number of tickets to the game are available. Call (317) 917-2827 for information. It will be broadcast on FOX Sports Indiana.
(Stats and video link via NBA.com)
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