Balanced attack lifts Pacers past Warriors

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 27 2013 02:21 PM | Updated as of Feb 27 2013 10:21 PM

Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) puts up a shot as Pacers center Ian Mahinmi of France blocks for him and Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (L) and Warriors guard Jarrett Jack (2) defend during their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Indiana February 26, 2013. Photo by Brent Smith, Reuters.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - The Indiana Pacers won their fifth-consecutive game Tuesday by beating the Golden State Warriors 108-97 behind a 28-point effort by David West.

Paul George finished with 21 points and 11 boards and George Hill had 23 points and six assists for the Pacers, who halted Golden State's modest win streak at three National Basketball Association games.

Roy Hibbert finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Pacers, who have won 10 of their last 12 games and have posted five straight wins in a row twice this month.

Indiana had four players in double-figure scoring Tuesday including Hibbert, who was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting into a pushing match with the Warriors' David Lee before players from both teams joined the fray.

"No punches were thrown. It was just two teams competing hard. Two teams trying to win," Lee said

Pacers forward Danny Granger, who is still trying to shake off the rust of a long layoff, made his home debut on Tuesday, scoring five points on one-for-seven shooting.

Granger had been sidelined all season with a knee problem and made his anticipated season debut Saturday in a 90-72 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 38 points, but also had a half dozen of Golden States' 20 turnovers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena.

Lee finished with 12 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Indiana has won four straight in a row at home and is an impressive 24-5 as host.

Golden State is in the midst of a five-game road trip. The Warriors are 15-17 away, and will also visit New York, Boston and Philadelphia on their eastern swing.

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