Warriors Keep Sliding

Warriors fall to Pacers 109-100

By NBC Bay Area Sports
|  Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011  |  Updated 10:30 PM PDT
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The Indiana Pacers needed a win, so Danny Granger couldn’t afford to miss a free throw.

Granger scored 27 points, going 16 for 16 from the line, and it was his clutch foul shooting early and late helped Indiana hold off the Golden State Warriors, 109-100, on Tuesday night.

“Granger did what a good player does,” Warriors coach Keith Smart said.

What that meant Tuesday was making all eight from the line in the fourth quarter as the Pacers snapped a two-game home losing streak.

“This was a good win, not necessarily a big win,” Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough said. “We really needed (the victory) after those two losses.”

Darren Collison scored 11 points for Indiana, eight in the third quarter, when the Pacers outscored Golden State 37-26 to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead.

Hansbrough finished with 14 points to lead balanced Pacers scoring off the bench, with Paul George scoring 12 points in a reserve role and Dahntay Jones adding 10.

That trio combined for 15 fourth-quarter points, and Hansbrough also had six rebounds.

“Tyler and Paul were huge in that stretch in the fourth quarter,” Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel said.

Reggie Williams had 25 points off the bench for Golden State, which rallied from a double-digit, first-half deficit to lead by nine points late in the second quarter before faltering.
 

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