Draymond Green, seen here against the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month, anchored the Warriors defense against the Pacers on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Draymond Green, seen here against the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month, anchored the Warriors defense against the Pacers on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors rock sleepy Pacers in Naptown

The Golden State Warriors had few problems beating the tired, undermanned Indianapolis Pacers on Monday.

The Dubs solidified their early case for having the best offense in the NBA by beating a team playing without its best player and the night after an overtime victory in Oklahoma City Thunder.

Draymond Green anchored the defensive unit and Golden State didn’t trail after falling behind 2-0 en route to a 120-83 victory, wrapping up an undefeated four-game road streak.

Klay Thompson led all scorers with 25 points, Stephen Curry added 22 and Kevin Durant logged a double-double with 14 and 11 rebounds.

Green finished the game with 10 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks.

“He’s covering a lot of ground for us,” Durant told reporters after the game. “… He’s doing it all. Draymond Green is defensive player of the year. I’m starting the campaign now.”

Indianapolis was desperately missing Paul George and Myles Turner, who were both out to injury, and had to play reserves extended minutes as a result. All of the home team’s starters played fewer than 30 minutes, which was made an even easier decision for head coach Nate McMillan when the Warriors jumped out to a big lead.

On the other sideline, Steve Kerr wasn’t even going to acknowledge the possibility of his talented team playing down to its competition.

“He said, ‘I’m not giving you the old starters out speech. Just do what you got to do,’” Green said after the game.

The starters did their job by forcing turnovers, making shots and setting the tone of the game, which the Warriors won by the largest margin of any game so far this season. They also finished with more than 30 assists for the eighth-consecutive game, matching their streak from last season.NBA

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