Warren scores 23 to lead Pacers over Thunder 111-85
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — T.J. Warren scored 11 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-85 Tuesday night.
Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the surging Pacers (7-4), who have won seven of eight, including four straight.
Danilo Gallinari scored 14 points, Deonte Burton had 13 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 11 points and six rebounds for the Thunder (4-7), who have lost three of four and remained winless on the road.
The Pacers went on a 15-2 run in the third quarter to take a 26-point lead. Aaron Holiday hit two 3-pointers and Warren made another in the spurt that ended with Doug McDermott’s layup to put Indiana ahead 84-58 with 1:49 to go.
The Pacers first pulled away with a 12-2 run in the first quarter. TJ Leaf’s layup gave Indiana a 28-18 lead, and the Pacers led by 15 after a jumper by Brogdon made it 52-37 with 1:58 remaining in the half.
The Thunder scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer by Gilgeous-Alexander, to close out the first half. The Pacers led 52-42 at halftime.
Thunder: G Chris Paul had seven points, five rebounds and eight assists. … C Nerlens Noel was called twice for goaltending, but the second was overruled following a replay challenge. … G Terrance Ferguson missed Tuesday’s game for personal reasons.
Pacers: Holiday scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. … C Myles Turner missed a seventh straight game with a sprained right ankle. … G Jeremy Lamb was out for a fourth consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. … C Goga Bitadze was out while going through concussion protocol.
Thunder: Host Philadelphia on Friday with a 19-2 series lead during the Oklahoma City era, including one loss to the 76ers last season.
Pacers: Travel to Houston on Friday. The Rockets have won four straight after a sweep of the regular season series the last two years.