The Warriors got a lesson in the toughness of playoff basketball Tuesday night. They were shoved off the court in an early-fourth-quarter scrum and then bullied out of Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the rest of Indiana's 108-97 victory. The Pacers led 95-85 with 6:10 remaining when Indiana center Roy Hibbert took exception to a high elbow from David Lee on a rebound attempt. Hibbert shoved Lee with two hands, and the big men squared off with a violent chest bump. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was the first to the scrum, but he was twice swatted away like a gnat by Hibbert. Center Andris Biedrins tried to get involved, but the Pacers shoved Biedrins and Curry into the first row of the crowd. Once Hibbert was ejected and six technical fouls were issued, the Pacers went on a 9-1 run to a 17-point lead and put away a game that had playoff-style physicality throughout. The Warriors (33-24) had won three in a row in response to a season-worst, six-game losing streak, but they've now lost 11 of their past 15 road games and still have three more before returning to Oracle Arena for 16 of their final 22 games. The Central Division-leading Pacers (36-21) have won 10 of their past 12 games and are the league's best defensive squad. They held the Warriors to 43.4 percent shooting and scored 29 points of the Warriors' 20 turnovers.
Pacers exert their authority over Warriors
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 27