INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers were awakened by an altercation and surged to their 10th straight victory by at least 10 points Tuesday.
The Pacers went from leading by 10 points when center Roy Hibbert was ejected for his role in a near fracas to pushing their lead up to 15 in their 108-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Power forward David West scored 28 points for the Pacers. George Hill scored 23 and All-Star Paul George added 21 points for Indiana, which has won five straight games. Including Tuesday, each of their past 10 victories had a double-digit margin.
Warriors' point guard Stephen Curry was the best player on the court. He had a game-high 38 points on 14-of-20 shooting. Klay Thompson added 13 points.
The Pacers shot 48 percent from the field and had two quarters of at least 31 points.
Emotions simmered midway through the fourth quarter when Hibbert and Warriors' All-Star big man David Lee got into a pushing match under the basket.
Curry jumped into the mix but Hibbert threw him to the ground. Curry got right back up and went after Hibbert again, but the Pacers shoved him to the side again.
That caused all 10 players on the court to get into and coaches from both teams ran onto the court.
When things settled down, Hibbert was given two technical fouls, which means an automatic ejection. West was also given a technical. Curry, Lee and Klay Thompson all picked up technicals for the Warriors.
Hibbert went to the showers having finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 28 minutes.
The Pacers took off and never looked back after that.
NOTES: Warriors center Andrew Bogut is still out of the lineup with back spasms. The team doesn't know when he'll be back. We'll play it by ear, as we have been, continue to be patient," coach Mark Jackson said. "He'll continue to get treatment, continue to rehab and when he's ready we'll welcome him back but until then we're not going to rush him." ... Small forward Danny Granger played his second game of the season for the Pacers. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he'll continue to bring him off the bench for the time being until Granger is ready to move into the starting lineup. Lance Stephenson will go to the bench once that happens. ... Vogel said Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who is averaging 21.0 points a game, should have made the Western Conference All-Star team this season. "He's an absolutely an All Star," Vogel said. "Looking at his numbers, we looked the guys who did make it, I don't know if there's anybody who did make it who shouldn't have made it. But he's definitely an All Star. It's one of those deals where that many guys were having that type of (good) season."