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                === Pacers welcome Warriors to Indianapolis ===
 (  -  The Indiana Pacers have  some business to take care of
 before  they  play six of the  next eight games on  the road, as they host the
 Golden State Warriors Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
 Indiana  won its fourth straight game at home and improved to 29-3 as the host
 the  last  time out in  a 94-91  decision versus the  Utah Jazz on Sunday. The
 Pacers  may  have played down  to Utah's level, but  proved they are a winning
 organization by pulling it out.
 David  West scored a  game-high 25 points and Paul George added 22 points, six
 rebounds  and four  assists. C.J. Watson and Lance Stephenson scored 13 and 11
 points,  respectively,  for the East-leading  Pacers, winners in five straight
 overall and 11 of the last 14 games.
 The  Pacers were able to hold off the Jazz and made only 41.5 percent of their
 shots.  They  countered  poor  shooting  by scoring  24  points  off  18  Utah
 turnovers, while committing just 10 miscues themselves.
 "We  started off so slow, I felt like I needed to be a little more aggressive.
 Same  thing  in the third  quarter. But I thought  our team just competed hard
 enough  to win  a tough, tough game. They're a young, feisty and up-and-coming
 team. I thought we handled the challenge," said West.
 Pacers  guard George Hill (shoulder) is day-to-day and has missed two straight
 games. He is averaging 10.9 points this season.
 Indiana  will play  three in a row  at Charlotte, Houston and Dallas, and will
 also visit Philadelphia, Detroit and New York.
 The  Warriors are nearing the end of their six-game eastern sojourn and have a
 2-2  record on the trip. They just suffered a 104-98 loss at Toronto on Sunday
 and couldn't overcome a 14-2 Raptors run in the decisive fourth quarter.
 Golden  State,  which was led  by Stephen  Curry's game-high 34 points, pulled
 within seven points late in the game, but had costly turnovers in crunch time.
 David  Lee tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Klay Thompson and Harrison
 Barnes scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
 DeMar DeRozan paced the Raptors with 32 points.
 "This is a disappointing loss," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson remarked. "We
 didn't play well for about eight minutes (down the stretch). DeRozan made some
 tough shots, (Patrick) Patterson made some threes when he was stretched out."
 The  Warriors entered Canada having won five of six games and are now 18-14 on
 the road this season. They will end the trip Wednesday at Boston.
 Meanwhile, Curry had a triple-double in the previous game at New York, posting
 27  points, 11  assists and 11 rebounds  in a 126-103 beating. He is averaging
 25.4 points and 8.0 assists in his last 17 contests.
 Golden  State, which went  6-1 on a recent road trip from Dec. 29-Jan. 8, lost
 to  Indiana  at home  on Jan.  20 by a  102-94 score.  George led five Indiana
 players in double figures with 23 points in that one and the Pacers are 5-1 in
 the last six meetings between the teams.
 The Pacers have won six in a row and 11 of the last 12 games in this series in
 the Hoosier State.
 03/04 09:33:07 ET

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