How many statements can I use using the word Thunder for this recap? The Pacers were a thundering herd for about three quarters of this game. The Pacers thunderstruck Oklahoma City for a win. Kevin Durant had a thunderous dunk on Roy Hibbert in this game. That’s enough with thunder right? Let’s get on with the recap.
What a win for the Pacers! They take care of business down the stretch as Oklahoma City whittled down a 24 point lead to 3 points. Things were looking shaky then, but a win is a win. The Pacers beat the Thunder by a score of 103-98. Danny Granger continued showing that he’s a leader for this team as he put up 26 points, while Kevin Durant tried to will the Thunder to a win on his own with 44 points. It wasn’t enough as the Pacers just made those right plays down the stretch, and Darren Collison hit a huge jumper that kept the lead at 5 points. Danny Granger hits a couple of free throws to keep the lead and seal the win.
The Pacers just seemed to make those plays that got them this team effort of a win. Roy Hibbert was defending the paint with four blocks, and getting in the way of Oklahoma City. Paul George was a beast on the boards as he grabbed a career high 16 rebounds. David West made timely baskets, but didn’t play much of the fourth quarter as the Pacers used a smaller line up to combat the Oklahoma City smaller lineup. This was like the Knicks game, where they tried that same type of play.
This is a statement game for the Pacers because they were able to hold off the Thunder, one of the top teams in the NBA. Capping off the weekend tomorrow night with a win at home against Boston, and the Pacers would be riding a five game winning streak, which is something they need for this final push towards the postseason. More importantly, they now have a two game lead for the third spot in the Eastern Conference, and I like their chances of staying right there if they play like they should against some sub par competition.