Thunder Fall to Pacers in OT, 115-111

Before the season began, there were a few ideal losses we marked down during the OKC Thunder campaign.

This was not an ideal one. At all.

Nov 20, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis (11) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Andre Roberson (21) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City hosted the shorthanded Indiana Pacers, who did not dress Paul George or C.J. Miles for tonight’s affair. Easy win right? Wrong.

What transpired in the first quarter was the complete opposite of what we expected as the Pacers jumped on Oklahoma City early with a flurry of points of turnovers and complete onslaught in the paint (18 points in the paint in the first). The Thunder could not simply hold on to the ball and the Pacers continually made them pay for the free gifts.

The Thunder finally did that thing where they wake up in the second half and realize they should beating a team playing without it’s only superstar. A whole lot of Kanter-Westbrook action later, and OKC found themselves in a position to do what they do best, get stops and score.

Then Russ did Russ things.

A Jeff Teague three point shot and three-point play eventually iced the game and capped off an overall disappointing night for Billy Donovan’s crew.

Top Performers:

Jeff Teague (IND): 30 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists

Russell Westbrook (OKC): 31 points, 11 rebounds, 15 assists

Game Notes:

  • Six Pacers scored in double figures, including double-doubles from Glenn Robinson (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Thaddeus Young (20 points, 11 rebounds)
  • Jeff Teague had himself a game. You sort of knew his load would have increased because of injuries, but OKC did an awful job staying on him.
  • Russ with his fifth triple-double of the season.
  • Pacers shot 50% from three (11-22) while OKC shot a dismal 28% (10/36)

Next Up: @ Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night

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