OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George scored 31 points against his former team, and also the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 107-99 on Wednesday night.

Steven Adams had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City, also Russell Westbrook added 17 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his 29th triple-double of this growing season.

The Thunder went to a 24-0 run — the longest run without some place allowed in the NBA this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research — at the third quarter and never trailed again. It was a critical victory for Oklahoma City, which had lost five of six.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points, also Domantas Sabonis added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.

Indiana directed 54-45 at the rest behind 14 points from Bogdanovic.

Adams scored 14 points in the first half to the Thunder.

The Thunder shut the gap early in the next quarter. A floater by Adams cut Indiana’s lead to a point, then a 3 pointer by Jerami Grant finally set the Thunder ahead midway during the time interval. George and Westbrook followed 3s to put Oklahoma City up 66-58. Overall, it turned into a 24-0 run that put the Thunder ahead 72-58.

Westbrook clinched his triple-double onto a lob into Terrance Ferguson to get a dunk that put the Thunder up 88-79.

George scored to a top floater and was fouled. He even made the free throw with just under four minutes remaining put the Thunder up by 10 points.

The Pacers made one final surge, however a layup and a 3 pointer by Grant maintained the Pacers at a safe distance moving in the final minute.


Pacers: G Darren Collison came back into the starting line up after missing three games with a ideal quad contusion.

Thunder: only just 39 per cent in the first half. … Held the Pacers into 8-for-25 shooting from the next quarter. … Westbrook has 133 triple-doubles within his career.


Pacers: In the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Thunder: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to the record.


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