OAKLAND (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors shook off a slow start to put away the pesky Indiana Pacers 117-102 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
Thompson made 14 of 25 shots, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range, and Stephen Curry added 21 points and a season-high-tying 15 assists to help the NBA-leading Warriors (28-5) stretch their home winning streak to 13 games.
The Pacers pulled ahead by 11 points early and gave Golden State a rare fight despite center Roy Hibbert limping off with a sprained left ankle in the first quarter. The Warriors roared back to tie it at 50 at the half, opened the third quarter on a 14-1 run and made the game look easier than it really was with the final margin.
Indiana split a four-game road trip.
Solomon Hill scored 21 points and David West had 16 for the Pacers, who are dealing with another injury in a season already full of them. Hibbert was helped to the locker room after landing awkwardly going for a rebound.
He rejoined Indiana’s bench in the second half but moved gingerly any time he got up. Hibbert missed four games earlier this season after spraining the same ankle in a loss to Phoenix on Nov. 22.
The Pacers still put up more resistance than most have against the NBA’s pacesetter.
It was the first time the Warriors had been tested during their latest winning streak. They had won the previous four games by an average of 25 points.
While the Pacers lost their big man in the middle, the Warriors got theirs back.
Center Andrew Bogut, who missed the previous 12 games with a right knee injury, entered in the first quarter. He got a big round of applause from fans and finished with four points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes.
But it was Thompson’s streaky stroke that carried the Warriors when they needed it most.
Thompson scored 27 in the second half. He teamed with Curry to erase the deficit with a big burst at the end of the second quarter and another to open the third that put the Warriors in control.
Thompson nearly set a new career high. He scored 41 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 1.
Pacers: Rodney Stuckey sat out with a sore right groin, which he injured against Utah on Monday. ... George Hill missed his fourth consecutive game with a strained left groin.
Warriors: Curry became the fastest player in NBA history to make 1,000 career 3-pointers. It was Curry’s 369th game, which is 88 fewer than it took Dennis Scott (457 games) to reach the milestone. ... Backup center Festus Ezeli sat out for the sixth straight game with a sprained left ankle.
Pacers: Host Boston on Friday.
Warriors: Host Cleveland on Friday.