If the Indiana Pacers learned anything from their 108-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, it's exactly how close they...
INDIANAPOLIS — If the Indiana Pacers learned anything from their 108-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, it’s exactly how close they are as a team.
Team unity and having each other’s back has been a theme for the Pacers, and they had a chance to show it when center Roy Hibbert got involved in a fourth-quarter scuffle.
Hibbert was ejected after the skirmish that began when he and David Lee exchanged shoves under the basket after a missed shot.
“There were two or three guys coming after (Hibbert),” Pacers forward David West said. “We preach and talk about togetherness, so that’s part of what we’re going to do. We’re going to defend one another. They came after him too many times.”
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West, who had 28 points and seven rebounds, also was called for a technical foul, along with the Warriors’ Lee, Stephen Curry and former Washington State star Klay Thompson, for the altercation.
No players left the bench.
Curry tried to push Hibbert away and was shoved twice to the court as the fight went from the key to the baseline.
“Seriously, I didn’t even feel him,” Hibbert said of Curry. “I saw some light-skinned guy. I don’t know if it was Klay Thompson or Steph Curry, I just knew there was a light-skinned guy by me.”
Hibbert believes he will face a suspension.
“Indiana’s a very physical team,” Lee said. “They’re one of the most physical teams, if not the most physical team in the East.”
George Hill had 23 points and seven assists, and Paul George had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers (36-21), who have won five straight.
Curry scored a season-high 38 points and Thompson had 13 for the Warriors (33-24), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
• Dion Waiters scored 25 points to help make up for the absence of Kyrie Irving, and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls with a 101-98 victory.
While Irving rested a sore right knee in street clothes on the sideline, Waiters converted a fadeaway jumper and a layup before Tyler Zeller drove along the baseline for a layup that helped Cleveland open an 87-78 lead with 7:33 left in the game.
The Bulls were down two when they got the ball back with 37 seconds left, but Luol Deng missed a long jumper.
• Monta Ellis scored 22 points, and Milwaukee spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first game in nearly 10 years with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a 95-90 victory at Dallas.
Nowitzki had 21 points and 20 rebounds for the Mavericks. Nowitzki’s last 20-20 game was April 3, 2003, against the Los Angeles Lakers, when he had 25 points and 22 boards.
• Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris scored 16 points apiece, and the Orlando Magic snapped a 10-game road losing streak with a 98-84 victory in Philadelphia.
• Deron Williams scored 33 points, Brook Lopez scored 20 while playing against his twin brother, Robin, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a two-game skid with a 101-97 victory in New Orleans.
• Power forward Taj Gibson is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained left knee, forcing the Bulls to play without one of their key reserves at a pivotal point in the season.
• Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has purchased a 12,310-square-foot lakefront home in Cornelius, N.C., about 22 miles from Charlotte, for $2.8 million.
• The Milwaukee Bucks have suspended center Samuel Dalembert for one game for what the team calls “a violation of team policy.”