The Oklahoma City Thunder played the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. The two teams traded many baskets throughout the night — each side led by seven at the most. The Pacers won the battle in the end. 107-100.
Both teams shot very efficiently, scoring with about 48% each. The Pacers, however, had the edge in three-point percentage. Each unit also knocked down nine three-pointers.
A Promising Performance
The game looked very promising for the Thunder early on with a good start by Steven Adams. Adams finished the first quarter with 12 points while shooting perfect from the field. He ended the game with 20 points on 8/8 shooting and nine rebounds.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander looked to find his way out of his slump scoring 16 points on 7-19 shooting and only knocking down one three-pointer.
Danilo Gallinari, on the other hand, has kept up his consistent offensive play scoring 18 on 7-13 shooting and knocking down four of the six he attempted. Gallinari also added seven rebounds. He played a very well third quarter to keep the Thunder in the game.
TJ Warren continued to create problems for the Thunder, scoring 24 points for the Pacers. Domantas Sabonis added 17 points himself to give the Pacers the edge.
A loss this game puts the Thunder at 8-12 on the season, leaving OKC with the tenth seed in the Western Conference. The team is looking good on defense but could use some work on the offensive end. One thing the Thunder need is someone to close the game. When it comes down to the end of the game, there needs to be somebody to be confident in taking the shot. Down 103-100, the Thunder had a chance but danced with the ball. This ended in a Terrance Ferguson three-pointer attempt that did not fall. The Pacers got the ball back and the fouling started.
Next for the Thunder
Following this loss, the Thunder will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves next. Karl Anthony-Towns has had a very well season so far and will be an essential player to stop. Andrew Wiggins also has an excellent game every time he plays against the Thunder. The Timberwolves will travel to OKC on Friday, starting at 8 pm eastern.
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