George Struggled On Indiana Return, But Thunder Edged Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS, Sporting Alert – Russell Westbrook notched his ninth triple-double of the season and Steven Adams scored 23 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat the Indiana Pacers 100-95 on Wednesday night.

Westbrook, who completed his triple-double with a free throw late in the fourth quarter, finished with 10 points, 12 assists, 17 rebounds and two steals for the Thunder (13-14), who bounced back from the 116-103 defeat to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

Alex Abrines, who started in place of Andre Roberson (ankle), scored 14 points, while Carmelo Anthony had 12 points and five rebounds, but was 4-of-14 from the field.

Paul George, who was booed throughout the entire contest, also scored 12 points, including two key free throws to seal the game, but went 3-of-14 from the floor

Adams completed his double-double with 13 rebounds, including nine at the offensive end.

Victor Oladipo led the Pacers (16-12) with 19 points, six assists and five rebounds.

The former Oklahoma City player, though, shot a dismal 9-of-26, including 1-for-9 from 3-point range.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 15 points, Darren Collison had 14 and Thaddeus Young finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks for Indiana, which has won four straight before this defeat.


The Thunder led the Pacers 51-46 at halftime, but neither Westbrook, Anthony nor George shot the ball well after the trio combined to shoot 6-of-21 from the field.

Westbrook went 1-of-5 for two points with 11 rebounds and nine assists, while Anthony was 3-of-9 for eight points and George went 1-of-6 for four points and also had four turnovers.

Adams was the only OKC player in double-digits in the first half with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds.

Collison scored 12 points in the first half for Indiana.

Both teams took 45 shots each in the opening half of the contest.

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