The Thunder did what they needed to do tonight in protecting the home court and beating a team that they are supposed to beat.
It had the makings of a snooze of a game with each team sort of just playing “quiet” if you know what I mean. Neither team seemed to make much headway or make a big run until the third quarter. Finally the Thunder got their game on and dropped 34 on the Pacers who started to look tired in their back to back effort. In that quarter the Thunder shot 13/21 (62%) and finished it up with a comfortable 13 point lead.
I was sort of taking notes and I wrote ” Pacers seem like they are going through the motions; dispassionate–like they don’t want to be here“.
Then the fourth quarter happened and the thing got interesting. A.J.Price, probably the last guy you would expect on an offensively loaded Pacers team, dropped 19 4th quarter points going 7/10 including three-3 pointers to open things up and get the score within 1.
But as I said, the Thunder did what needed to be done and made some stops and hit some buckets and got the W.