Apr 6, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Danny Granger (33) lays the ball in as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) falls to the ground at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Oklahoma City 103-98. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers Thunder On Oklahoma City

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.

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Tags: Danny Granger Darren Collison Kevin Durant Paul George Roy Hibbert

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