Kevin Durant struggles with efficiency, while Warriors lack intensity in loss to Pacers


INDIANAPOLIS – Usually the shots sail into the net anytime Kevin Durant shoots the ball. This time, those shots mostly clanked off the rim. In the Warriors’ 121-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, Durant lacked the same steady presence he has offered all season, including during the team’s two-week long absence from Stephen Curry. Instead of leading the Warriors with scoring and efficiency, Durant still led the team in scoring (27) without much shooting accuracy from the field (8-of-23) or from 3-point range (2-of-10). Granted, the Warriors (57-22) did not just lose to the Pacers (46-32) because of Durant. The Warriors posted their second worst defensive performance of the season, trailing only the 129 points they allowed against Utah on Jan. 30. Warriors guard Klay Thompson had 16 points on 6-fo-16 shooting after going scoreless in the second half and missing his last six. And the Warriors did not lead after opening the game with a 5-0 cushion with 11:10 left in the first quarter.Durant offset his poor shooting night with a 9-of-9 mark from the free-throw line, seven assists and three steals all while playing against a physical Indiana team. But his shooting inaccuracy still hurt a Warriors team lacking many other options.

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