NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, November 30th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (6-8) at Golden State Warriors (5-10), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers will kick off a four-game road trip tonight, when they pay a visit to the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena.
Indiana will also stop off at the Kings, Jazz and Clippers on the road swing and is 2-3 away from Conseco Fieldhouse this season. It has lost five of the last six games, including Friday's 113-92 home setback versus the Dallas Mavericks.
Danny Granger returned to the hardwood after missing the previous game with a sprained left MCL and scored 20 points for the Pacers, who got 13 points from Mike Dunleavy and 10 out of Troy Murphy.
"(Dirk) Nowitzki started out on fire and got us back on our heels, and from there on they played with a lot more force. We did not play tough enough at all. That's why we got pounded," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said.
Golden State has lost two straight and five of seven games, and is coming off Saturday's 130-97 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Monta Ellis had 18 points and Corey Maggette added 17 for the Warriors, who fell to 3-3 in Oakland this season. Anthony Morrow netted 15 points and Stephen Curry scored 13 with a game-high eight assists in defeat.
"We didn't show our fans how we are able to play and have been playing. We didn't get up and do anything defensively tonight. For the most part they tried. You can't play this team with this type of energy. We got stuck with the ball. We got selfish and with this team you can't keep the ball on one side of the floor. This team is too good if you keep the ball on one side of the floor," said Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart.
Smart is taking over for veteran head coach Don Nelson, who is battling a case of pneumonia.
Indiana recently beat Golden State, 108-94, on November 11 at Conseco Fieldhouse and has won three of the last four meetings. These two teams have split the past six matchups at ORACLE Arena.
11/30 10:39:51 ET