Oklahoma City’s shooting inside the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night matched the frigid temperatures outside of the Indiana Pacers basketball facility. The Thunder absolutely shot themselves out of the game, hitting just 24% of their 3-point attempts (6-of-25) and 35.8% from the floor in general (29-of-81).
Of the twelve players to hit the floor in OKC’s 111-85 loss to the Pacers, only Steven Adams and Davon Hall shot better than 50%. Adams was 5-of-8 from the floor with 10 points and Hall drained the only shot he took, in seven minutes of playing time, to finish with 2 points.
The Pacers outscored the Thunder by six in the first quarter and four in the second. It was the third quarter that put Oklahoma City uncomfortably behind with Indiana owning a 14-point advantage for the quarter, essentially making a competitive fourth quarter a non-factor in the outcome.
Indiana took advantage of Oklahoma City’s off night by hitting nearly 50% of their shots and winning the battle of the boards 49-40. Pacers small forward TJ Warren and point guard Malcolm Brogdon combined for 43 points on 18-of-30 shooting.
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