Two steps forward, two steps back…although you can't say the outcome of this game was unexpected. The Indiana Pacers dropped their second straight after losing 104-93 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, falling to 10-11 for the season.
To be honest it wasn't a horrible performance. For the majority of the game they were in the hunt and managed to keep Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to poor shooting nights. But they seemed to have forgotten about Kevin Martin, who lit them up early until Durant and Westbrook decided to take over down the stretch.
Still, in all a decent outing by the Pacers against last year's NBA finalists. David West had 21 and 9 to lead all five starters in double figures. The bench, unfortunately, failed to get it done again, though 20 points is not too bad by their current standards. As a team, the Pacers shot 46.3% from the field, which is great considering they are last in the league in FG%. Plus they only had 7 turnovers the entire game. The Thunder were just better.
The Pacers get a bit of a rest now before playing Cleveland at home on Wednesday. They gotta box out Anderson Varejao if they want to get back to 0.500 again.