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Warriors Beat Pacers 103-92 For 3rd Straight Win

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The Warriors’ Festus Ezeli goes up for a dunk against the Pacers on December 1, 2012 at Oracle Arena.

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Stephen Curry had 20 points and a season-high 11 assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 103-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the surprising Warriors, who have won three straight and remain tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for first place in the Pacific Division. David Lee added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.

Golden State led by 16 in the third quarter, then held off a mini-rally by Indiana at the start of the fourth before pulling away for the win.

David West scored 23 points and George Hill had 19 for the Pacers.

Curry took nine shots through the first three quarters and seemed content feeding his teammates before making two key 3-pointers over the final 3:01 to help Golden State to its seventh win in nine games. He finished 7 of 14 from the floor.

Indiana, making its third stop on a four-game road trip, made one final push behind a pair of buckets by West but couldn’t get closer than six points in the fourth quarter.

Golden State got a big boost from its reserves, with Jarrett Jack (18 points) and Carl Landry (16) leading the way. Jack made a shot from beyond midcourt at the end of the third quarter.

Swept by the Pacers in 2011, the Warriors pulled away in the second quarter following a 12-2 run. Landry had six points during the surge on back-to-back three-point plays, and Draymond Green’s tip-in gave Golden State a 32-23 lead.

Indiana’s defense prevented it from getting out of hand.

The Pacers held the Warriors to one basket over 6½ minutes, forced 11 first-half turnovers and used a 17-6 run to move in front. Roy Hibbert scored on a dunk, jump hook and two free throws, while Hill had a 19-foot jumper that made it 42-41.

Curry helped Golden State to a strong finish to the half, and the Warriors got a lift from Thompson and two rookies early in the third. Thompson made a pair of 3s, Harrison Barnes followed with long jumper and Festus Ezeli later scored on a dunk to extend the Warriors’ lead to 67-54.

Indiana fell behind by 16 in the third but closed to 77-72 before Jack responded with a driving layup and his buzzer-beating 3 from beyond midcourt. Jack, who scored Golden State’s final eight points of the period, posed on the Warriors logo and slapped hands with Green as the Oracle Arena crowd roared.

Hibbert had 15 points and seven rebounds for Indiana, while Ian Mahinmi finished with 10 points.

NOTES: This was the first of nine consecutive games against Eastern Conference teams for Golden State. … The Warriors recalled G/F Kent Bazemore from the NBA Developmental League before the game.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed)

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