For most of the season’s first two months, the Golden State Warriors were sub-.500 on the road.
But they’ve been the NBA’s best team away from home since late December.
Coming off a thrilling win over the league’s top team, Golden State will try to end a six-game trip with a fourth victory when it faces the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
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The Warriors (37-24) started 6-9 on the road, but since Dec. 23, they’re an NBA-best 13-5. Tuesday’s 98-96 win at league-leading Indiana brought Golden State within five road wins of the all-time single-season franchise record, set by the 1991-92 team.
Klay Thompson scored 16 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter against the Pacers, including the game-winning turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds left.
Indiana came in with the league’s top home record at 29-3. Golden State also won earlier in the year at Miami, which is 24-4 on its own floor.
"We’ll take any win we can get in this building," Thompson said. "This team is real good here. They’re the best in the NBA (at home). To come here and get a win, it’s huge, especially on this road trip."
Stephen Curry scored 19 but was 7 of 18 from the field and scoreless in the fourth.
Thompson scored 14 over the first 6:14 of the final period while Curry was on the bench with four fouls, and is 14 of 29 (48.3 percent) from 3-point range on the trip.
"He was great," coach Mark Jackson said. "He’s durable and you take him for granted. He’s a guy who’s never missed a game. He was big-time."
For all of the Warriors’ success away from home this season, they have dropped eight of nine in Boston. Their only win there since 2003-04 was Dec. 20, 2006.
Golden State beat the Celtics 99-97 on Jan. 10 with Curry hitting a long jumper with 4 seconds left.
Rajon Rondo was still a week away from returning from his torn ACL and without him, Boston committed 17 turnovers to Golden State’s 11. The Celtics’ starting backcourt of Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford were a combined 6 of 25 from the floor.
Boston (20-40) has lost six of seven following Saturday’s 102-97 home loss to Indiana. Rondo appeared to give the Celtics a 93-90 advantage with 4:37 left, but officials overturned the shot two minutes later after reviewing the play and ruling that the shot clock expired before he released the ball.
"It let the pressure off them," said Jared Sullinger, who had 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting in his first game back after missing three with a concussion. "They were playing frantic when the score was (93-90). Then they took away that 3. We kind of let it slip away."
Sullinger tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds in the first matchup.
Boston’s Gerald Wallace will be sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee and ankle Tuesday. He was averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in his first season with the Celtics.