INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Point guard Anthony Johnson ran Indiana's
offense like an option quarterback against the Golden State
When he wasn't pitching the ball to Stephen Jackson or Peja
Stojakovic for 3-pointers, Johnson simply kept the ball and scored
himself. The trio combined for 76 points in Indiana's 107-95 win on
Jackson scored 30 points, Stojakovic had 23 points and eight
rebounds, and Johnson had 23 points and six assists for the Pacers.
Jackson was 3-of-3 on 3-pointers and Stojakovic made 3-of-7.
When the defense overcompensated to stop them, Johnson took
advantage by going 3-of-4 from behind the arc and shooting
10-for-14 from the field.
"We got Peja and Jack out there knocking down shots," Johnson
said. "It allows us to open the lane and get to the rim.
Defensively, we've been playing well off the backboard so we're
able to push the ball and if there's any slippage by the defense,
with those guys, we really take advantage of it."
Mickael Pietrus led the Warriors with 23 points. Jason
Richardson and Baron Davis, Golden State's top two scorers, shot a
combined 11-for-34 from the field. Davis finished with 19 points
and Richardson added 16.
The Pacers were 9-of-18 from 3-point range and shot 52 percent
overall. They will take a four-game winning streak into Sunday's
game with San Antonio.
The Warriors cut Indiana's 14-point halftime lead to one on
Pietrus' 3-pointer with 5:20 left in the game, but Johnson scored
eight points in the final 4 minutes as the Pacers pulled away. He
hit two key 3-pointers -- one with 3:45 left that gave Indiana a
97-90 lead and another with 2:23 to go that increased the lead to
"I got a lot of easy looks in the first half," Johnson said.
"I got a few layups and some open 15-footers I was able to knock
down. My confidence soared sky high coming into the fourth quarter.
When they cut the lead to 91-90, it was time for us to step up and
make some plays. Guys were finding me and I was able to knock down
Golden State has lost eight of 11. The Warriors had scored 100
or more points in four of their last five games, but shot 40
percent against the Pacers.
"It was a strong comeback, but we just ran out of gas," Golden
State coach Mike Montgomery said. "The problem is we trailed early
and we were coming back. One thing is, our guys didn't quit. We
just couldn't make the big plays while Indiana made the big shots
down the stretch."
Indiana led 50-36 at halftime, but Golden State scored 39 points
in the third quarter, its highest total in a quarter this season,
to cut Indiana's lead to 82-75. Richardson scored 10 points in the
period, Pietrus scored eight and Davis added seven.
"We finally started to move the ball and we found a way to
exploit them at the offensive end, but in the fourth quarter, we
got away from it," Davis said.
Indiana shot 60 percent in the first quarter to take a 32-24
lead. The Pacers led by as many as 18 points in the first half.
Golden State shot 29 percent in the first half, with Richardson
and Davis a combined 2-for-16 shooting. Richardson didn't make a
shot until the third quarter.
Jackson was 8-of-10 from the field and made 11 of 13 free
"Jackson is a tough matchup for us and we can't guard him,"
Montgomery said. "Jackson put us in our place and they just kept
getting him the ball and he made big shots all night long."
Golden State's Troy Murphy did not play because of a
sprained left ankle. He entered the game ranked 10th in the league
with 9.5 rebounds per contest. ... The Warriors fell to 8-17 when
they score fewer than 100 points. ... Indiana rookie Danny
Granger's streak of six straight games in double figures ended with
a four-point effort. ... Former Indiana University star Calbert
Cheaney got a cheer when he entered the game briefly for the
Warriors in the second quarter. ... The Pacers improved to 4-0 with
the starting lineup of Jackson, Johnson, Stojakovic, Jeff Foster
and Scot Pollard.