Another winnable game slipped through the grasp of the Indiana Pacers due to a single stretch of scoreless offense, dropping them to nine straight losses on the road, splitting the season series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Similar to most of those road losses, the effort was there, but the inability to put together a full 48-minute game ended up costing them.
Tonight’s collapse came in the form of being on the wrong side of a 24-0 run, the longest such run in the NBA this season. It took just six and a half scoreless minutes to completely Wholesale nba jerseys
turn the game on its head, canceling out a solid first half in which the Pacers had built a double figure lead.
The ability to get there makes this collapse all that more frustrating. The Pacers outscored Oklahoma City 27-16 in the second quarter, bouncing back from allowing a 6-0 run to close the first, building an eight point point lead with 2:45 remaining in the second. The Thunder scored the next four, casting feelings of déjà vu as the half neared, but Indiana pushed back, scoring the final five of the half to push ahead by nine.
Getting the game to double figures on a pair of Myles Turner jumpers appeared to be a good omen out of the break, but the failure to corral a Steven Adams offensive rebound put it back to single digits. The score stood frozen at 58-50 for two and a half minutes before another Adams offensive putback kickstarted the Thunder, allowing them to score on their next five possessions, including four from three point range.
Oklahoma City made it a double figure game when following a tough call on a strip by Wesley Matthews on Paul George, George drew another tough call on Matthews on an and one, completing a four point play after Matthews drew a technical foul, completing the 24-0 run.
As bad as the run was, the Pacers still didn’t play themselves out of the game. Tyreke Evans stopped the run, allowing Indiana to show some life on the offensive end, outscoring the Thunder 11-4 to close the third quarter. Still, the damage was done. Even in closing the quarter on a positive note, the Pacers wasted four scoring opportunities.
The inability to complete possessions in the second half ultimately kept the Pacers from ever capitalizing on a comeback opportunity even when Bojan Bogdanovic made it a five point game with eight minutes left. The Thunder responded, going back up by double figures with just over six minutes remaining in the quarter.
Indiana proceeded to do their job on the defensive end, holding the Thunder scoreless for almost three minutes. Through that entire stretch, the Pacers mustered up just four points, three of those immediately given back on a George circus shot and one, pushing the lead back out beyond 10.