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Pacers small ball goes big in the 122-116 victory over Thunder

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – With seven people out, the Indiana Pacers grew big, playing a small ball Wednesday night, escaping from the atmospheric Oklahoma City Thunder 122-116.

Malcolm Brogdon had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists, and Caris Levert scored 28 points when the very short Pacers cut a three-game losing streak despite playing without a 6-7 draw. Indiana missed three starting line-ups: All-Star double striker Domantas Sabonis, center-back Miles Turner and striker T.J. Warren և four reserves.

Darius Bazli matched his career with 26 points and Svi Mikhailuk had 20 points to lead the Thunder. In all, Oklahoma City have suffered 12 consecutive defeats, seven live, and are still looking for their first win in April.

Indiana took control early, finishing 16-6 in the first quarter, bringing the 34-28 և end-of-second quarter to 13.

But “Oklahoma City” came out on the field in the second half.

The Thunder beat Moses Brown 73-72 on a three-pointer, leaving them 6:59 in the third to watch Indiana respond 13-4. And when they closed at 105-104 in the middle of the fourth, LeVert broke the game with a five-point mess, making it 110-104.

Oklahoma City got another chance after Brogdon threw the ball and Theo Malledon had 3 points left in 24.5 seconds, Vorot got 118-116. But Brogdon closed it with four free throws.


Thunder. Brown finished with 12 points and 11 shots. K Mykhailiuk also had nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks. … Kenrich Williams had 15 points from the bench. Վերջին Oklahoma City’s last win came on March 31 against Toronto. His last road victory came on March 21 in Minnesota. … The Thunder lost straight to the Pacers in three, և the two teams will meet again on May 1.

Pacers. Indiana celebrated 23 points with 12 հարված 12 hits just hours after signing Oce Brissett for the third time this month. Both were the best in their careers. J TJ McConnell had 12 points, eight assists և four shots. Վ Levert added five rebounds, six assists ճանապարհ four-goal’s way. : The Pacers avoided their fourth defeat of the season, which will be the maximum privilege since 2016-17.


In addition to Sabonis (back), Turner (right foot), Warren (left foot), the Pacers played without Goga Bitazde (left ankle), Jeremy Lamb (left knee) and Doug McDermott (left ankle). JaKarr Sampson also came out after league officials suspended him for one game for hitting Patti Mills in the head during a 2-0 defeat to San Antonio on Monday.

Oklahoma City was also a drone. Defenders Luguens Dort (right thigh) և Shay Gilgeus-Alexander (right leg), forward Hall osh Hall (knee) վող center-forward Mike Muscala (right ankle) missed the game. Forward Alexei Pokusky left in the first half with a non-KOVID disease and did not return.


The victory takes Indiana away, bringing the number of consecutive winning seasons at home to 32. The Pacers are 10-17 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with five home games left. Indiana has the longest active streak in the league, equal to the longest streak in NBA history.


Thunder. He returns home on Friday to face Washington in his only home game in seven seasons.

Pacers. He could finish sweeping three games in Detroit by winning Saturday at home.


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