The Thunder took on the Pacers for their second matchup against the team this season. After losing in the first matchup in Indiana, OKC looked to bounce back with a win at home.
The Thunder got off to a quick start on Wednesday night by getting open looks in the paint and working the offense through Steven Adams. The Thunder shot 57% in the first quarter led by Adams who had 12 points and 3 rebounds after the first twelve minutes. Although the Thunder had a hot hand on offense, the Pacers also shot the ball extremely well on the other end. Despite the impressive shooting from Indiana, OKC led 29-26.
The Thunder remained solid throughout the remainder of the first half, but the Pacers found a way to stay in the game. The biggest downfall for the Thunder in the second quarter was three point shooting. SGA, Paul, and Gallinari were a combined 4-16, and had no attempts from the free throw line. If anything, it was the defense that gave Oklahoma City the one point advantage at halftime.
Oklahoma City looked to get off to a quick start in the third quarter. The third quarter has been a struggle point for the Thunder for awhile now. Danilo Gallinari answered the call with three straight shots from beyond the arc. If it weren’t for those shots, the Thunder would have been blown out again in the third.
The defensive side of the ball was never a big struggle for OKC, but the offense just wasn’t coming around. Chris Paul hadn’t shot the ball well, but he finally scored his first points in the fourth quarter. This entire game seemed to go back and forth right up until the end. The Pacers led 103-100, and the Thunder had possession. Billy Donovan opted to not call a timeout and let it play out. Terrance Ferguson ended up with a wide open look from the corner, but he couldn’t knock it down. Indiana went on to hit some free throws before time expired to win by a score of 107-100.
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Steven Adams has had an “up and down” season battling injuries from the start. Tonight, the Big Kiwi was 8-8 from the floor for for 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. He also made all four of his free throw attempts.
Perhaps Adams hasn’t played well due to injury and we are finally seeing him perform with a healthy body. Whatever it is, it’s always great to see Adams having a major role in the Thunder’s offense.
The Thunder will be back in action on Friday night as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game will tip-off at 7:00 PM CST, an will be televised on FSOK. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
The Timberwolves have been known to come to town and leave with a win over the Thunder. It seems like Andrew Wiggins always has his best games against OKC. It will be interesting to see how the Thunder comes out to play in this one.
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