"I thought it was a big test tonight", said Head Coach Nate McMillan.
"I think we look forward to competing against everybody because we're the underdog in every matchup", Oladipo said postgame. Victor Oladipo continued his strong play as of late with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
"... We don't have any control over whether people respect us or not. And that's what we're focused on".
The defending National Basketball Association champions were in town Thursday night.
This Pacers team continues to defy all of the odds this season.
IN fell behind 9-4, but in a harbinger of things to come, the Pacers reeled off six straight possessions with a field goal to take an 18-13 lead. The first time, the Warriors were without their four All-Stars due to multiple injuries. No Curry, no Durant, no Thompson, no Green. The Pacers also had a 29-10 edge in fastbreak points.
This game was different. "We still have room to get better, especially going into the playoffs". Golden State won despite guard Stephen Curry missing his sixth straight game with a left MCL sprain. "So, that's always fun to say". They came out with a better strategy, being more aggressive than us.
Three other Pacers players joined Oladipo and Bogdanovic in double figures in the win. Kevin Durant (27 points) led the Warriors.
"Our championship was an opportunity to create that experience and that interaction, and I think we did an awesome job of controlling the narrative and the positivity around us winning a championship". "We cared. Over the last few games, we cared".
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The Pacers, meanwhile, are in a nice groove.
It's a quick turnaround for this bunch, flying to Toronto immediately after the game and having to clear customs.
The Pacers recorded 32 assists tonight, pushing their record to 8-0 when they have at least 30 assists and 23-3 when they have at least 25 assists.
According to Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports, Indiana became the first team to sweep a season series against a Kerr-led Warriors squad with Thursday's 126-106 victory. Why would they be, though?
"Maybe they are. Maybe that's what it is". Soon they will try to carry the good mojo into the playoffs.
Oladipo was happy with the win but said the team has higher goals.
"Just was trying to win, '" Durant said.