Pacers halt skid, hand Thunder 12th straight setback


 Malcolm Brogdon #7 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates with T.J. McConnell #9 through the 122-116 win in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Photographs/AFP 

Malcolm Brogdon scored 29 factors to guide the Indiana Pacers to a 122-116 win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Wednesday in Indianapolis.

The Pacers (27-31) snapped a three-game shedding streak whereas the Thunder’s shedding streak stretched to 12.

Caris LeVert added 28 factors for Indiana whereas Oshae Brissett, making simply his second profession begin, scored a career-high 23 factors. Brissett hadn’t scored greater than 13 in any of his first 25 profession video games during the last two seasons.

The Thunder (20-39) reduce Indiana’s result in one early within the third with an 11-0 run that included seven factors from Moses Brown.

Indiana’s lead was 9 early within the fourth quarter however Oklahoma Metropolis reduce into the lead as soon as once more, pulling inside one earlier than LeVert scored 5 fast factors with a three-point play on a driving layup, then a reverse layup.

Brissett then blocked Kenrich Williams’ shot, fed it as much as T.J. McConnell after which acquired the ball proper again for a dunk on the different finish.

Theo Maledon’s 3-pointer reduce the Pacers’ result in two with lower than 25 seconds to play however Brogdon hit 4 free throws over the following two possessions — his solely free throws within the sport — to place the sport away.

Indiana scored 27 factors off 17 Oklahoma Metropolis turnovers.

With Indiana’s dimension depleted, partially as a result of accidents to Myles Turner and Goga Bitadze, the Thunder scored 76 factors within the paint.

Darius Bazley led Oklahoma Metropolis with 26 factors, tying his profession excessive two days after scoring 26 for the primary time.

Svi Mykhailiuk added 20 factors whereas Brown had 12 factors and 11 rebounds.

After shedding the primary eight video games of their shedding streak by a mean of greater than 27 factors, the Thunder have been extra aggressive not too long ago. Three of their final 4 losses have come by six factors every.

Thunder ahead Aleksej Pokusevski left the sport simply greater than six minutes in with a non-COVID-related sickness and didn’t return.

Indiana was additionally with out ahead JaKarr Sampson, who was suspended for one sport earlier within the day for head-butting Spurs guard Patty Mills in Monday’s sport.

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