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INDIANAPOLIS — 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 night 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.

“We’ve got to handle the end of the game better. We had a double-digit lead,” Curry said. “You don’t ever want to have to win the game twice or even three times. You want to make things as easy as possible when you have a night like we did for 36 minutes.”

The defending NBA champions have made things look pretty easy in what has already been a milestone season. They have won 27 straight dating to last spring, which More >