INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Stephen Curry's first half-shooting clinic was almost flawless.
His championships also settled in.
Curry scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half on Monday, and Golden State ran with a 132-100 route in Indiana for his 11th consecutive victory. The two-hour defense masters are still not satisfied.
"I have it as possible," Curry said when asked if the warriors could get even better. "We don't play perfect basketball on any stretch, but we play consistently, focused basketball, and we still work some kinks with rotations and things like that."
It's a scary thought for the rest of the league, especially after the two-hour MVP turned in another head-turning performance.
Curry made his first eight shots and his first six 3-pointers, including a demoralizing 27-foot buzzer beater, giving the warriors a 69 -48 half-hour lead. He finished 1
DeMarcus Cousins had a season high 22 points in one night five players scored in double figures and the Warriors had 39 assists.
And all that came on the last leg of a five-game car ride without Draymond Green, who rested and against the league's number one scoring defense.
"I was a little worried about this game. Everyone is eager to come home," said coach Steve Kerr. "But we ended the trip in the right way. We've been named more in the last month than we have all season."
Golden State has won a league-high 10 consecutive road games and swept a five-game tour for the first time since November 2014.
The Pacs played without All Star guard Victor Oladipo who had a season-ending operation on his right knee Monday, and Tyreke Evans, Oladipo's replacement due to a wound back. But even in full force, they may have struggled to reverse the Warriors' flurry.
Indiana scored a maximum of 40 points in the first quarter and never came closer than 16, as Curry broke a 16-16 tie by scoring eight points to start a crucial 24-6 quarter-closure run to his most biased loss this season.
"It is without a doubt in my heart that this team goes on track," pacer Darren Collison said. "I think we saw tonight playing against a team how we can do, and we can take some of it."
Myles Turner scored 16 points and Bojan Bogdanovic had 15, but Indiana lost the second time since Oladipo was injured last week. It was Pacers' worst loss this season.
Warriors: Kevin Durant had 16 points and seven aids as his 22-step score of at least 20 points. … Klay Thompson added 16 points. … Jordan Bell replaced Green in the lineup and scored eight. … The warriors improved to 18-8 on the road, the league's best mark.
Pacers: Falled to 7-6 this season without Oladipo, missing 11 matches in November and December with a sore right knee. … Collison scored 13 points and had eight assistants. … Thaddeus Young finished 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. …. IndyCar drivers Ed Carpenter, James Hinchcliffe and Will Power participated in the game. Power won last year's Indianapolis 500.
Oladipo may be out of sight, but he's not out of mind.
Following the team's officials, Monday announced that Oladipo is expected to be repaired fully after undergoing surgery on a torn quad senon in his right knee, the team handed out gold T-shirts with a message: "Together 4 Vic." And Oladipo provided a pregame video message, thanking the fans for their support and encouraging his teammates to overcome his absence.
While Pacers has not set a schedule for his return, recognized coach Nate McMillan Oladipo would be on crutches for a "few months" and would probably not travel with the team.
"I spoke right with him," McMillan said during pregame availability. "He is well."
He said it
"He (Curry) has this skill you can't really grasp," Kerr said. "It's no matter time, score – he's always a shot away from being on fire."
Warriors: Hosts Philadelphia, a team it has been beaten 10 times right on Thursday.
Pacers: Visit Washington Wednesday.
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