Off Night for Big Three, But Thunder Beat Pacers in George’s Return
The “big three” of the Oklahoma City Thunder all had poor shooting nights, but the OKC bench was productive and Steven Adams had another big game as OKC won in former Pacer Paul George’s return to Indiana, 100-95, on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
OKC’s big three combined to shoot 10-for-45 from the field and just 34 points, but Adams led the Thunder with 23 points and 13 rebounds, 9 of those on the offensive end.
George had just 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting in his return to Indianapolis after being traded from the Pacers last summer.
He was booed every time he touched the ball and in pregame introductions.
Anthony had 12 points as well and was just 4-for-14 from the field.
Westbrook was even worse shooting, going 3-for-17, but he did have a triple double, with 10 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists.
The Thunder bench came up big, shooting 10-for-19 from the field, with Jerami Grant scoring 9 points and Patrick Patterson 8.
After a see-saw latter portion of the second quarter, the Thunder led 51-46 at halftime.
Midway through the third quarter OKC took the lead for good, and after building an 11-point fourth quarter lead, held off a late Pacers rally to win.
Up 96-95 in the final half minute, the Thunder got a tip-in from Alex Abrines to make it a three-point lead with 15 seconds to go.
George then got a steal off a poor inbounds play by the Pacers, was fouled and hit two free throws to clinch the win.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Thunder, with Abrines adding 14 points and hitting four 3-pointers.
Victor Oladipo, the former Thunder guard who came to Indiana in the George trade, had 19 points to lead the Pacers.
Domantas Sabonis was also in that deal, and had 8 points for Indiana.
The Thunder hit 45 percent from three-point range, going 13-for-29.
OKC outrebounded Indiana by 10, 52-42.
It’s the first time this season the Thunder have won consecutive road games.
OKC improves to 13-14 on the season.
The Thunder continue their three-game road trip at Philadelphia on Friday night at 6:00 pm central time.