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Thunder Blows Large Lead In Second Half In Loss To The Pacers

Craig Hofeld

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The Thunder traveled to Indiana to take on the Pacers for the second night of a back to back. In what was an exciting game to the finish, the Thunder ultimately came up short.

RAPID RECAP

The Thunder came out swinging early in this one, and it paid off due to the lack of shots made by the Pacers. Oklahoma City was suffocating the offense of Indiana. The Pacers are one of the leagues best three point shooting teams, but the Thunder held them in check. Although the Thunder’s offense wasn’t clicking through the entire quarter, the defense played well enough for OKC to hold a 29-22 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter was even better than the first for the Thunder, as Paul George’s shot finally started to fall. After shooting 1-4 in the first quarter, George went 5-8 for 15 points in the second. Everyone’s hands were moving on defense which caused multiple turnovers from Indiana. At one point, the Thunder looked flat out better than the Pacers. OKC led 63-50 at halftime.

Oklahoma City extended their lead to 19 points at one point in the third, but Indiana refused to quit. No matter what the Thunder did on one end, the Pacers had an answer on the other. A multitude of things happened during this quarter that didn’t go in favor of the Thunder. Whether it was the fatigue of OKC, or the calls not going their way, Indiana only trailed by 7 heading into the final twelve minutes.

After letting the Pacers cut into the lead in the third, the Thunder quickly extended it to double digits again in the fourth quarter. However, the Pacers weren’t diminished at all. They bounced right back and cracked down on defense. The defense for Indiana was forcing OKC to rush shots and take looks that simply weren’t there. In the end, the Thunder didn’t execute well and needed a desperation shot. Russell Westbrook had a nice look at a shot, but it didn’t fall. Indiana makes the incredible comeback for a 108-106 win.

THUNDER PLAYER OF THE GAME

Paul George has been in a little bit of a slump since the all-star break. This could be because of his shoulder injury, or it could be the time off that threw him out of his game. Whatever the reason may be, it’s clear the slump is over.

Although George had a few costly mistakes towards the end of the game, he still finished with 36 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Let’s hope that despite the loss, this is the turn around game for Paul George.

PRIMETIME ON SATURDAY

The Thunder will be back at home on Saturday night to take on the Golden State Warriors. As we all know, this is going to be a heated matchup in OKC. However, Kevin Durant may or may not be playing due to an injury. That being said, this game will be intense with or without him.

Make sure you tune in on Saturday night at 7:30 PM CST for tip-off. The game will be televised on ABC and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

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