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Jack's 'shot put' sparks Warriors to win over Pacers

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OAKLAND -- Jarrett Jack suffered a point guard's ultimate humiliation Saturday night.

Two minutes later, the veteran assured the night would be remembered for something entirely more gratifying, burying a 60-footer to beat the third-quarter horn and propel the Golden State Warriors to a 103-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena.

"I've been due for one of those," the first-year Warrior said of what he labeled a "shot-put thingie off my shoulder" that followed a backcourt inbounds pass with 1.9 seconds left in the period. "Some guys get discouraged shooting those because it messes with your percentage. I don't worry about it."

Jack was a featured spot on a blooper reel after having been pick-pocketed by counterpart D.J. Augustin in the broad daylight of center court, a play the diminutive Indiana point guard culminated with an uncontested layup.

The little guy's hoop got Indiana within 73-64 after it had fallen 16 back just moments earlier. Jack admitted afterward it might have been the best thing that could have happened to him.

He countered with a jumper over Augustin, then added two more hoops on successive possessions before his highlight-package fling from well beyond halfcourt to open a double-digit lead, 82-72, entering the final period.

"My aggressive mentality came back," he said. "When something like that happens, it keeps you from thinking, 'We're playing good; everything's cool.' It keeps your ears perked."

The Golden State backup added a driving hoop and another 3-pointer early in the fourth period to help hold the Pacers at bay. Then he teamed with Stephen Curry to put the game away, assisting on a 3-pointer that provided a 98-86 cushion with 3:03 to go.

"He's tough," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Jack. "He's a luxury to have on a team."

Making 8 of 9 shots, Jack had 18 points off the bench and was joined in double figures by fellow reserve Carl Landry, who had 16. Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 22, with Curry adding 20 to complement 11 assists. Trying to complete a three-game Western sweep over a five-day stretch, Pacers coach Frank Vogel labeled his team's performance "gutsy." Indiana point guard George Hill chalked the loss up to being in the wrong place on the wrong night.

"When a team gets hot, a team gets hot and it doesn't matter what you do. Things just get rolling," he observed. "It was just their night shooting from the field. You could tell by the halfcourt shot at the end of the third quarter."

David West had 23 points to lead the Pacers, who not only were outshot 47.5 percent to 45.9 but also outrebounded, 41-36.

"We may have overreacted to playing David Lee," West said of the Warriors standout, who was held to 13 points on 4-for-12 shooting. "We weren't aggressive enough on the ball, and when you're struggling on the perimeter, you're not able to shoot yourself back into it."

The Pacers had a chance to do just that. Down 91-81 after Jack's 3-pointer with 8:28 to go, Indiana proceeded to miss six of its next eight shots and mix in three turnovers, allowing Golden State to retain a nine-point edge before Curry's back-breaking 3-pointer with 3:03 to go.

NOTES: The Warriors have won five in a row at home and five of six overall. ... Paul George, the Pacers' third-leading scorer, has had better two-game stretches. After missing nine of his 11 shots in Friday's win at Sacramento, he suffered through an 0-for-7 scoring shutout against the Warriors. ... Saturday was the 15th anniversary of the Latrell Sprewell-P.J. Carlesimo choking incident at the Warriors' practice facility in downtown Oakland. Sprewell initially was suspended 10 games by the Warriors, before the NBA stepped in and made it a rest-of-the-season (68 games) punishment. Carlesimo, now an assistant coach with the Nets, was in Oakland with his new team last week. ... Thompson played in his 82nd consecutive game Saturday. After appearing in all 66 games in last year's lockout-shortened season, Thompson has started all 14 of Golden State's contests this year, giving him the equivalent of one full season of games. ... The Warriors' Jackson stood squarely on the fence while agreeing with the actions of the Spurs' Gregg Popovich and NBA commissioner David Stern in the wake of Popovich's decision to send his three top players home instead of facing the Heat in a nationally televised game Thursday. Jackson did admit, however, "I look forward to having to make that (Popovich's) decision. And I'm sure Mr. (Joe) Lacob (the Warriors' owner) will be willing to pick up the bill."
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