Player of the Game
DANNY GRANGER
Scored 32 points on 11-of-21 shooting, adding seven rebounds, three steals and two assists while playing strong defense against Kevin Durant, who was held to 16 points.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Dunleavy +14 -69
Ford DNP -173
Foster DNP -9
Granger +29 -85
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head -6 +1
Hibbert +20 -5
D. Jones -1 -258
S. Jones -7 -149
McRoberts -6 -86
Murphy +24 -327
Price +2 +16
Rush +13 -221
Watson +18 -179
Noteworthy
  • The Pacers have won four of the last five against the Thunder, including three straight at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers are now 21-15 all-time at home against the Thunder franchise.
  • Danny Granger's game-high 32 points represents his 11th outing of 30 or more points.
  • With 16 today, the NBA's second leading scorer, Kevin Durant (29.7 ppg) scored less than 20 points for just the seventh time this season.
  • Ranked 9th in the league in points allowed (96.5 ppg), Oklahoma City gave up over 120 points for the first time this season, as the Pacers racked up 121.
  • The 20-point winning margin for the Pacers is their second largest of the season and they have scored 120+ points for the sixth time this season.
  • Indiana is 6-1 in games in which it makes at least half its shots from the floor.
  • Indiana had all five starters score in double figures for just the fourth time this season.
  • The Pacers hit 10-29 from 3-pt range, improving their record in games with 10 or more 3-pt FGS to 10-10.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Pacers 58, Thunder 54
    Second-chance points:
    Pacers 20, Thunder 16
    Fast-break points:
    Pacers 16, Thunder 13
    Points off turnovers:
    Pacers 26, Thunder 16
    Starters scoring:
    Pacers 100, Thunder 52
    Bench scoring:
    Thunder 49, Pacers 21
    Stat of the Night
    The Thunder is 0-7 when Kevin Durant fails to score at least 20 points.
    Up Next
    The Pacers travel to Detroit to try to sweep the season series from the Pistons for the first time in franchise history Tuesday night (7:30, Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • END RESULT
    March madness isn't limited to the college basketball world.

    Playing at their highest level since the opening weeks of the season, the Pacers thoroughly dominated a talented, red-hot Oklahoma City team Sunday, leading by as many as 31 points before settling for a 121-101 decision before 14,701 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Thunder had won 18 of 22 coming in and is in a battle for homecourt advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoff bracket but never got into the game against the Pacers, who held Kevin Durant to 16 points – half his career average against the Pacers – on 4-of-16 shooting while Danny Granger went for 32 as all five starters scored in double figures.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers won their fifth straight at home, a season best, improving to 17-16 at CFH. They improved their overall record to 24-46, tied with Philadelphia for 11th in the Eastern Conference. Indiana also won for the first time in six Sunday games; the Pacers had dropped the first five by an average of 22.4 points. The Thunder dropped to 42-26 overall, 20-15 on the road.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • “We did a lot of very, very good things. Our starters got us off to a very good start. … We’re playing solid right now. I think our movement and passing have been really good of late." – Jim O'Brien
  • "We played (Kevin) Durant well. I think both Danny and Dahntay (Jones) played him well. For the most part we kept him off the line." – O'Brien
  • "Earl (Watson)'s a heck of a defensive player and has done a hell of a job orchestrating our tempo. He’s playing at a really high level.” – O'Brien
  • "I am asserting myself a little more, working very hard in practice and it is paying off. My teammates are really helping me because they have confidence in me, when the ball comes into me and sometimes we can kick it back out. I am beginning to feel a comfort level out there that is allowing me to be more productive. We just have to continue at this level.” – Roy Hibbert
  • “Teams come in here thinking that they can overlook us and we’re just not going to let that happen. We go out there thinking that we can win and with that attitude you can win." – Troy Murphy
  • "We want to finish strong and begin to get confidence in ourselves.” -- Murphy
  • "They played harder than us from the start and in all four quarters. If you don’t respect your opponent, that will happen when you do that." – Thunder Coach Scott Brooks
  • “Tonight how we came out was a disgrace to the game of basketball. That starts with me. I apologize to all the fans and all of my teammates that I came out like that." – Durant

    KEY MOMENTS
    Again establishing Roy Hibbert right away, the Pacers jumped out to an 18-6 lead as the center scored seven quick points against an undersized Thunder front line. Oklahoma City rallied with a 16-4 run to tie it at 22-all but consecutive 3-pointers from Earl Watson started the Pacers on a 15-3 burst that pushed the lead to 37-25 early in the second.

    The Thunder closed to 42-37 but Murphy and Brandon Rush hit 3-pointers to spark a 12-2 run that pushed the lead to 54-39 and the Pacers led by double digits, 59-48, at the break as Durant was 1-of-7 with five turnovers in the first half.

    Murphy quickly helped put to rest any thoughts of an Oklahoma City comeback, scoring nine points in a 13-0 run early in the third quarter as the Pacers moved ahead 74-53 and the Thunder were no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Granger added seven rebounds and three steals to his 32-point outing, and he was 11-of-21 from the field. Murphy had 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 13 boards for his 31st double-double. Murphy hit 4-of-7 from the 3-point line for the third game in a row. Hibbert scored 20 on 8-of-13 shooting, adding eight rebounds and three assists. Rush scored 15 on 6-of-10 shooting and Earl Watson dominated the point guard matchup with former protégé Russell Westbrook, scoring 11 points with eight assists. Westbrook, Oklahoma City's second-leading scorer, was shut out. The Pacers shot .517 overall and were 10-of-29 from the 3-point line. They also had 29 assists against just 14 turnovers.

    Jeff Green led the Thunder with 20 points, adding six rebounds. Rookie Eric Maynor had a season-high 15 points and tied his high with 11 assists. Serge Ibaka had 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Thunder shot .432 and were 4-of-16 from the 3-point line.



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