Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Saturday, December 4th
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Warriors104
Game 2: Friday, March 11th
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Pacers101

Pacers 96

(10-7, 4-5 away)

Warriors 104

(4-12, 3-6 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, December 4, 2004

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 29 18 23 2696
    GS 28 28 21 27104

    Top Performers

    Indiana: J. Tinsley 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl

    Golden State: S. Claxton 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Reserve Pietrus helps Warriors snap 4-game skid

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Coach Mike Montgomery's plan to rest Jason Richardson should serve Mickael Pietrus well.

    Pietrus gave Golden State just the lift it needed, contributing 15 points and six rebounds off the bench as the Warriors ended a four-game losing streak with a 104-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

    "I don't mind getting a break," said Richardson, who scored 19 points. "He came in and gave us some great energy."

    Troy Murphy had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who sent the downtrodden Pacers to their fourth consecutive loss despite the return of Reggie Miller.

    Miller had quite a season debut with 23 points, but it wasn't enough for the suspension-depleted Pacers to end their worst losing streak of the season. Indiana heads home following an 0-4 road trip.

    "It would have been nice to win one or two of these games out West," Miller said. "We'll be OK, but we've got to play much better and harder than we're doing now."

    Pietrus, a second-year forward who missed the first nine games recovering from shoulder surgery, made 3-pointers at the end of the first and third quarters to give Golden State momentum and did all his damage in only 18 minutes. His defensive energy is something else that makes him popular with first-year coach Montgomery.

    "Those 3-point shots go in because we need it," Pietrus said. "It wasn't lucky. I worked hard this summer. They should go in. I feel like I'm getting much better every game, so I can come out and do the right thing for my team."

    Austin Croshere had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana, which lost leading scorer Jamaal Tinsley to a sprained right ankle with 47 seconds left in the third quarter. He returned briefly before leaving the game for good, and he didn't know afterward whether the injury would cause him to miss any games.

    Tinsley, who had 18 points, 11 assists and five rebounds, landed awkwardly on the ankle on a putback attempt, then grabbed his leg in pain. He left the court with the help of two teammates.

    Miller missed the first 15 games with a broken left hand. He was activated from the injured list before Friday's 113-87 loss at Sacramento and served his one-game suspension for leaving the bench shortly before the Pacers' bench-clearing brawl at Detroit on Nov. 19.

    He wasted little time finding his offensive touch despite wearing a protective brace on his non-shooting hand.

    Speedy Claxton added 13 points and seven assists for the Warriors before fouling out.

    Golden State built a 60-47 lead early in the third quarter, but couldn't maintain it. Miller scored five straight points to help Indiana get back in the game, then his 3-pointer with 4:21 left in the period pulled the Pacers to 67-66.

    Miller scored his first points on a dunk at the 7:06 mark of the first quarter, then hit a 3-pointer on the Pacers' next possession 33 seconds later.

    Golden State is in a stretch with four of five games at home and is desperate to establish some momentum on its own court, where the Warriors set attendance records the past two seasons.

    "Basically we've got to win games by any means possible," Montgomery said.

    Game notes


    Miller had eight points, two assists and a rebound in the first quarter. ... Richardson played only 15 minutes in the first half. ... The Warriors had lost two in a row to the Pacers and six of nine at home. ... Murphy had his third straight double-double. ... Croshere's 14 rebounds matched his career high. ... Indiana made 23 of 24 free throws, just missing going perfect from the line for the second time this year. The Pacers were 23-of-23 on Nov. 12 at Philadelphia.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    IND
    GS
    Points 96 104
    FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 37-80 (.463)
    3PM-3PA 5-19 (.263) 4-16 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 23-24 (.958) 26-36 (.722)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-43 10-41
    Assists 20 23
    Turnovers 18 10
    Steals 7 10
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 10 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 15

    Top Performers

    Indiana
    Golden State
    Jamaal Tinsley Tinsley
    Points: 18
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Speedy Claxton Claxton
    Points: 13
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0