It felt as if the Warriors' season was teetering on the outcome of Tuesday night's game against the Pacers.

Win, and the Warriors would become the only Western Conference team to beat both Miami and Indiana on the road - making a bold statement about being a legitimate contender.

Lose, and the Warriors would have blown fourth-quarter leads in consecutive games - dropping within a game of ninth-place Memphis and missing the playoffs altogether.

It was his night, so Klay Thompson explained which way the Warriors' season is heading.

"That's why we play: to fight, to score, to win," the third-year guard said after draining a turnaround, baseline 12-footer with 0.6 seconds on the clock to give the Warriors a 98-96 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "That's when basketball is at its best, possession by possession with teams swinging huge blows. We got the last one."

The Warriors led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter and were still ahead 94-82 when Harrison Barnes scored off a Thompson assist with 5:46 remaining. After four reserves rode most of Thompson's 16-point fourth quarter to gain that lead, however, Stephen Curry checked back into the game and committed two turnovers as the Pacers went on a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to tie it 94-94 on a pair of Paul George free throws.

Another Curry turnover came when he stepped out of bounds with the score tied at the 46-seconds mark, but George missed the potential go-ahead shot with 23.9 remaining. With about four seconds left, Draymond Green threw an entry pass to Thompson, who had posted up George Hill. Thompson had plenty of time to start right, spin back left and rise for the game-winner - with no concern of defensive stopper George coming to help as he was focused on Curry.

"He made every play in the fourth quarter. I owe Klay about seven dinners tonight," said Curry, who finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but went scoreless in the fourth when Indiana shifted its focus and guarded him with George. "It was definitely frustrating tonight, when I turned the ball over and put the team in a position that it doesn't want to be in. That is something that I hate, but it's going to make me better. I'm going to keep pushing."