Warriors 113, Pacers 98: Drubbed by the Dubs
While most of Indianapolis was a few blocks away celebrating the Colts Super Bowl win, the Pacers were getting run out of the Fieldhouse by Golden State. By the time the Colts' party ended, the Pacers were down big and could never get back in the game, losing 113-98. You'd think the Warriors were playing at home or something. Al and Jack certainly know their way around the Fieldhouse and quickly reminded their fans and detractors alike, what the good times used to feel like. Other thoughts:
- Jack came up with his game of the year, scoring 36. Inside, outside, right side, left side, Jack had it going all over the Fieldhouse.
- Jack was also in on one of the few Pacer highlights when he was cruising in for an open layup and Darrell Armstrong (yes, DA) came from behind and swatted the ball just as it left Jack's hand. Try as he might, DA's spark didn't ignite a comeback tonight.
- Mike Dunleavy had another poor shooting night. He seemed to come out aggressive, trying to put on a good performance against his former team. In the end his effort validated the Warriors move, at least on this night.
- So, Al Harrington hosted a Super Bowl party at his house last night. Hmm. From the looks of things, I'd say Al took one for the team and made sure his old teammates had plenty of fun last night. The way the Pacers came out in the first half, I have to figure that was one good party.
- Maybe like the rest of the town, the Pacers were emotionally spent today after making it through four do-or-die playoff games with the Colts. I know, they're professionals and they have a job to do. They're also human.
- Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Jermaine O'Neal shook off his knee bruise to play and play well tonight. He finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks.
- Baron Davis DID sit out with a bruised knee but the Warriors got along without him just fine.
- The Pacers will look to bounce back when they welcome the Seattle Supersonics to town on Wednesday.
(Photo: AP Photo/AJ Mast)