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Pacers beat Warriors after 4th-quarter scuffle

Wednesday - 2/27/2013, 3:50pm  ET

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, right, skirmishes with Golden State Warriors forward David Lee during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Lee received a technical foul; Hibbert received two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. The Pacers won 108-97. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

JIM JOHNSON
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- If the Indiana Pacers learned anything from their 108-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, it's exactly how close they are as a team.

Team unity and having each other's back has been a theme for the Pacers, and they had a chance to show it when center Roy Hibbert got involved in a fourth-quarter scuffle.

Hibbert was ejected following the skirmish that began when he and David Lee exchanged shoves under the basket after a missed shot.

"There were two or three guys coming after (Hibbert)," Pacers forward David West said. "We preach and talk about togetherness, so that's part of what we're going to do. We're going to defend one another. They came after him too many times."

West, who had 28 points and seven rebounds, also was called for a technical foul, along with the Warriors' Lee, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, for the altercation.

No players left the bench.

Curry tried to push Hibbert away and was shoved twice to the court as the fight went from the key to the baseline.

"Seriously, I didn't even feel him," Hibbert said of Curry. "I saw some light-skinned guy. I don't know if it was Klay Thompson or Steph Curry, I just knew there was a light-skinned guy by me."

Hibbert believes he will face a suspension.

"Indiana's a very physical team," Lee said. "They're one of the most physical teams, if not the most physical team in the East."

George Hill had 23 points and seven assists, and Paul George had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers (36-21), who have won five straight.

Curry scored a season-high 38 points and Thompson had 13 for the Warriors (33-24), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

"It was just physical play," Curry said. "Teams are gearing up for playoff basketball and amping up the intensity a little bit."

The Pacers built a 95-85 lead midway through the fourth quarter and not even the scuffle shook them up as they ended a three-game skid against Western Conference teams.

When play resumed, Ian Mahinmi made a free throw and later West had three baskets, Lance Stephenson hit a 3-pointer and George scored on a jumper to give the Pacers a 104-87 lead with 3:28 left to play.

"We knew we had to (close it out) with Roy going out," George said. "We knew we had to close that game. We're happy about this, but it's one game."

Indiana's Danny Granger played 18
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