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GAME RECAP: Pacers 99, Thunder 107

Paul George scores 31, Steven Adams gets a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook notches another triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers, 107-9

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GAME RECAP: Pacers 99, Thunder 107

Paul George scores 31, Steven Adams gets a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook notches another triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers, 107-9
Mar 27, 2019  |  00:00

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - March 27, 2019

March 27, 2019 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan, forward Thaddeus Young, and center Myles Turner speak with the media following Indiana's 107-99 loss at the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mar 27, 2019  |  02:52

Tough 3 by Bogey

March 27, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Highlights
Mar 27, 2019  |  01:36

Tyreke Drills a Step Back

March 27, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Highlights
Mar 27, 2019  |  01:26

Myles Wipes it Away

March 27, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Highlights
Mar 27, 2019  |  01:14

Turner Gets Another Rejection

March 27, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Highlights of Myles Turner
Mar 27, 2019  |  00:57

W3sley Pure From the Corner

March 27, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Highlights
Mar 27, 2019  |  00:47

Thad for 3

March 27, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Highlights
Mar 27, 2019  |  00:39

Turner With The Slam

March 27, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Highlights of Myles Turner
Mar 27, 2019  |  00:33

Myles Pins It

March 27, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Highlights of Myles Turner
Mar 27, 2019  |  00:19

Collison Drills Triple

March 27, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Highlights of Darren Collison
Mar 27, 2019  |  00:10

Game Rewind: Pacers 99, Thunder 107

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET at Chesapeake Energy Arena
by Kyle Grand

Game Rewind

The Pacers' road woes continued Wednesday night as the Blue & Gold fell to the Thunder, 107-99, in Oklahoma City. After a great first half, Indiana faltered in the third and wasn't able to recover.

The Pacers started the third quarter with a 54-45 advantage, but to put it simply, the third quarter belonged to the Thunder. After growing their lead to 10, 58-48, the Pacers went cold, and the home team took advantage. At one point the visitors missed 12 consecutive shots, and Oklahoma City went on a 24-0 run to lead 72-58 at the 4:11 mark.

At the end of the third, the Thunder had outscored the Pacers 31-15 to lead 76-69 going into the final quarter.

"That was basically the game," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said of the run. "Offensively, we just didn't get organized. We had some turnovers in that stretch, and they made their run and were able to get the momentum to just really take control of the game."

Indiana hung around in the fourth, but each time it made a charge, Oklahoma City responded and got the lead back to double-digits. The Pacers' final push came in the last minute and a half. A Bojan Bogdanovic triple made the score 100-95 with 1:26 to go giving the Pacers a glimmer of hope, but on the next possession, Jerami Grant nailed a 3-pointer of his own to push the lead back to eight.

Outside of the third quarter, tonight's game was tough and competitive. The Thunder opened up a 14-8 lead with 6:50 to go in the opening quarter, but the Pacers used a 17-7 run to regain control, 25-21, at the 2:18 mark. But when the period came to a close, the home team was back on top, 31-29.

In the second, the contest remained close. The Pacers gained a slight advantage courtesy of back-to-back 3-pointers from Myles Turner and Wesley Matthews. The triples gave Indiana a 43-38 lead with 5:02 to go in the first half.

From there, Indiana outscored OKC 11-7 over the rest of the quarter to take a 54-45 lead into the locker room. But despite the great first half, the third quarter was the key in tonight's game, and now the Pacers will look to Friday as an extremely important contest with the Celtics looms.

"We’ve just got to come out with more of a sense of urgency," McMillan said. "That second half, you and that team are supposed to come out with that sense of urgency right from the start."

Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting. Domas Sabonis had another double-double off the bench, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

For the Thunder, Paul George finished with 31 points. Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, putting together a statline of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.

Inside The Numbers

Myles Turner finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, giving him 15 double-doubles this season.

Russell Westbrook racked up his 29th triple-double of the season tonight.

Stat of the Night

The Pacers were doomed by Oklahoma City's 24-0 run in the third quarter. It was the longest run in the NBA this season.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We are putting ourselves in a position to win, but a few turnovers and some bad spacing on offense, we aren’t getting ourselves over the hump.” - Pacers forward Thad Young

“I’ve just got to be more aggressive in everything that I do. The team needs me to go out there and be myself, and that is playing as hard as possible." - Pacers center Myles Turner

"I thought definitely that third quarter we really came out of the locker room with really good energy and got some stops and obviously went on an incredible run." - Thunder head coach Billy Donovan

Noteworthy

  • With tonight's result, the Pacers split the season series with the Thunder.
  • Domantas Sabonis recorded his 24th double-double of the season. He is now tied with Hassan Whiteside and Enes Kanter for most double-doubles off the bench in a single season since 2000-01.
  • The Pacers are now just one game ahead of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings. The two meet Friday night in Boston.

Up Next

Fourth place in the Eastern Conference in on the line Friday when the Pacers travel to Boston to take on the Celtics. The game starts at 7:00 PM on NBA TV, FOX Sports Indiana & 1070 The Fan.

Tickets

After a two-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic on Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

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