Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors spent the first three quarters playing as flawlessly as their unbeaten record.
They spent the last 12 minutes Tuesday trying to protect their perfect quest.
On a night Thompson scored a season-high 39 points and reigning MVP Stephen Curry nearly had a triple-double, the Warriors improved to 23-0 by stopping Indiana's furious fourth-quarter comeback and holding off the Pacers 131-123.
Thompson went 10 for 16 on 3s. He made a splash with his incredible first half when he scored 29 points, made 8 of 10 3s and was the key to a 22-0 run that forced Indiana to play catch-up the rest of the night.
Indiana (12-8) rallied with a 23-8 run to get within six in the final minute before the Warriors closed it out.
Paul George finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists while C.J. Miles added 24 points -- not enough to prevent the Pacers from losing their third in a row.
Indiana has lost three straight for the first time since starting the season 0-3.