Paul George leads charge vs former team as Thunder trounce Pacers

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Devin Booker scores 50 in back-to-back games but Suns lose again Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “That was the game,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We knew they were going to come out aggressive. Paul and Westbrook came out aggressive, attacking the basket, scoring. They made their run and were able to get the momentum and just really take control of the game.”It was a critical win for the Thunder, who had lost five of six.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points and Domantas Sabonis added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.Indiana led 54-45 at the break behind 14 points from Bogdanovic. Adams scored 14 points in the first half for the Thunder.The Thunder closed the gap early in the third quarter. A floater by Adams cut Indiana’s lead to one, then a 3-pointer by Jerami Grant finally put the Thunder ahead midway through the period. George and Westbrook followed with 3s to put Oklahoma City up 66-58. By the end of the run, the Thunder led 72-58.ADVERTISEMENT The Thunder slogged through the first half and trailed by nine at the break. By the end of the third quarter, they led 76-69.“We knew it wasn’t enough coming into the half,” George said. “We needed to change things and we came out and executed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSteven Adams had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder and Russell Westbrook added 17 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his 29th triple-double of the season.It was a reversal of the previous matchup, when Indiana rallied to stun Oklahoma City 108-106 on March 14. This time, the Pacers scored at 10:48 of the third quarter and didn’t score again until the 3:57 mark. They missed 14 consecutive shots during that stretch. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a lob to Terrance Ferguson for a dunk that put the Thunder up 88-79.George made a high floater and was fouled. He made the free throw with just under four minutes remaining to put the Thunder up 10.The Pacers made one last surge, but a layup and a 3-pointer by Grant kept the Pacers at a safe distance heading into the final minute.The Thunder felt they got good shots in the first half but were not converting. That changed in the third quarter.“Keep shooting,” Ferguson said. “It’s as simple as that. First half got to us. We have a 48-minute game. We stuck together and stayed confident in each other and we came out with the win and had fun with it.”TIP-INSPacers: G Darren Collison returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a right quad contusion. … G Wesley Matthews was called for a technical in the third quarter. … Bogdanovic scored 35 points in his previous game, a win over Denver on Sunday.Thunder: Shot just 39 percent in the first half. … Held the Pacers to 8-for-25 shooting in the third quarter. … Westbrook has 133 triple-doubles in his career. … Grant scored 19 points.HE SAID ITGeorge on the defense during the 24-0 run: “Honestly, I notice the stops more than us scoring. I noticed we were getting stops and we were getting out. I felt the pace was on our side and I felt the momentum was on our side.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) fights for position while defended by Indiana Pacers guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Rob Ferguson)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George wasn’t interested in losing to his former team again.Oklahoma City’s All-Star forward scored seven of his 31 points during a decisive 24-0 run, and the Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 107-99 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT ADAMS’ DOMINANCEAdams made 11 of 14 shots and fell two points short of his career high.“I just think they were taking what the defense gave them,” McMillan said. “When you have a lot of attention on Westbrook and Paul, sometimes, you’re leaving that big open. They do a good job of playing the two-man game, hitting him in the paint. Weak side wasn’t connected tonight, and they did a good job of executing.”UP NEXTPacers: At the Boston Celtics on Friday.Thunder: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View commentslast_img

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