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Curry injures shoulder, Pacers hold off Warriors 125-119

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tyrese Haliburton scored 29 points and the Indiana Pacers made 16 3-pointers to hold on Wednesday night in a 125-119 win over the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry, who didn’t finish the game with a left shoulder injury.

Curry scored 24 of his 38 points for the defending champions in the first half but went down 2:04 in the third quarter. The Warriors, who lost in Milwaukee Tuesday night, fell 2-12 down the road.

Bennedict Mathurin added 24 points for Indiana, who posted a two-game sled by sweeping the Warriors for the first time since 2017-18 and only the second time in a decade. Haliburton rebounded from its lowest-scoring game with the Pacers — one point — by going off the field 9 of 17 and making five 3s.

Jordan Poole scored 20 points for Golden State, which has lost four of five. The Warriors were without Klay Thompson (right knee) and Andrew Wiggins (abs). Draymond Green scored a season-low one point in 27 minutes and was ejected in the fourth quarter.

Indiana looked poised to cruise after recovering from an early 20-11 deficit and using nine 3-pointers to spur a 47-point barrage in the second quarter. The Pacers led 74-54 at halftime.

But after Indiana opened the third with another 3, Curry methodically led the Warriors back.

It started with a 14-0 run and Curry’s three-point game with 4:16 in the third lead took it to 83-80. The Pacers responded with 10 straight points, but the Warriors refused to let them pull away, reducing the deficit to 122-119 when Donte DiVincenzo scored a 3 with 1:25 left. Golden State never came close.

TIP INS

Warriors: Golden State has lost all six away games to Eastern Conference opponents this season. The Warriors’ three-game winning streak ended in Indiana. … Curry hit five 3s to extend his record to 215 consecutive games with at least one. He also has 250 career 30-point games.

Pacers: Indiana’s second-quarter point totals were a season-high. … The Pacers improved to 2-3 at home against their Western Conference opponents. … Myles Turner had 21 points and made 1 of 2 free throws after coach Rick Carlisle won a tackle on Turner’s sixth foul. Buddy Hield had 17 points and four 3s, giving him 104 this season.

BLOWN OVER?

A day after a Milwaukee fan was expelled for a threat that Green labeled, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he had not spoken to Green about the incident but said he thinks threats and vulgarity warrant penalties.

“I think there has to be a line,” Kerr said. “I didn’t get a chance to talk to him about it after the game and today, after we had our film session, I honestly kind of forgot.”

COMBAT TESTED

After Monday’s tough loss to Miami, Pacers coach Rick Carlisle asked his young team a simple question: How many of them had played in an NBA playoff game?

“A lot of hands went up,” Carlisle said. “I said you got it now. It’s a great example for our team and what we’re going through.”

NEXT

Warriors: Continue their six-game journey in Philadelphia on Friday.

Pacers: In Cleveland on Friday for the first of four meetings against the Cavaliers.

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