Five takeaways from the Thunder's loss to the Pacers
The Pacers sealed a season sweep against the Thunder on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Indiana topped OKC 107-100. Here are five takeaways from the game:
Keeping it close
Indiana obliterated Oklahoma City by 26 points on Nov. 12 in Indianapolis.
Wednesday night was more in line with the close games the Thunder is used to.
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But like the first matchup, Indiana beat OKC with a balanced attack. Seven Pacers scored in double digits led by T.J. Warren with 24 points.
The Thunder's offense dried up in the fourth quarter. Terrance Ferguson missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 17 seconds left.
Adams again starts fast
Steven Adams, just like in back-to-back games against the Pelicans, was fed early and often in the post. The Thunder center shot 5-of-5 from the field in the first quarter with 12 points and three rebounds.
Adams finished 8-of-8 from the field. He led the Thunder with 20 points.
Adams has made 14 of his last 15 shots.
Gallinari’s third quarter
Third quarters have not treated the Thunder well, but Danilo Gallinari single handedly made sure OKC kept pace with Indiana coming out of the locker room.
Gallinari drained four 3-pointers in the frame and scored 14 points.
Chris Paul’s late buckets
April 10, 2011 was the last time, and only time, Chris Paul was held scoreless in a game.
But heading into the fourth quarter Wednesday night, Paul was stuck with a goose egg in the scoring column.
He changed that with back-to-back fadeaway jumpers midway through the fourth quarter. The second forced a Pacers timeout as Paul cut Indiana’s lead to 93-91 with 4:39 left.
Gilgeous-Alexander still searching
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot 7-of-19 against the Pacers.
That, coming off 4-of-13 and 5-of-17 shooting performances in his two prior games.
The hot start to the season has faded for the second-year guard.