Indiana Pacers stop slippage to win Oklahoma City Thunder 12th consecutive loss


April 21, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, United States; Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) shoots the ball while Oklahoma City Thunder center Isaiah Roby (22) and guard Theo Maledon (11) defend in the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Malcolm Brogdon scored 29 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 122-116 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday in Indianapolis.

The Pacers (27-31) ended a three-game losing streak as the Thunder’s losing streak extended to 12.

Caris LeVert added 28 points for Indiana while Oshae Brissett, who was just making his second career start, scored a career-high 23 points. Brissett hadn’t scored more than 13 in any of his first 25 career games over the past two seasons.

Thunder (20-39)
reduced Indiana’s lead to one early in the third with an 11-0 run that included seven points from Moses Brown.

Indiana’s lead was nine early in the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma City took the lead again, shooting to less than one before LeVert scored five quick runs with a three-run play on a layup. driving, then a reverse lay-up.

Brissett then blocked Kenrich Williams’ shot, gave it to TJ McConnell and then recovered the ball for a dunk on the other end.

Theo Maledon’s 3-point pointer reduced the Pacers’ lead to two with less than 25 seconds to go, but Brogdon made four free throws over the next two possessions – his only free throws in the game – to put the side play.

Indiana scored 27 points on 17 Oklahoma City turnovers.

With Indiana’s size depleted, in part from injuries to Myles Turner and Goga Bitadze, the Thunder scored 76 points in the paint.

Darius Bazley led Oklahoma City with 26 points, tying his career two days after scoring 26 for the first time.

Svi Mykhailiuk added 20 points while Brown had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

After losing the first eight games of their losing streak by over 27 points on average, the Thunder have been more competitive recently. Three of their last four losses have been six points each.

Thunder forward Aleksej Pokusevski left the game just over six minutes with an illness unrelated to COVID and did not return.

Indiana was also without forward JaKarr Sampson, who was suspended for one game earlier in the day for Spurs guard Patty Mills in Monday’s game.

– Field-level media


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