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The biggest run without an opposing point in the NBA this season — a 24-0 burst early in the third quarter — turned the deficit into a 14-point lead and eventually a 107-99 victory.
“We knew it wasn’t enough,” George said of OKC changing its focus. “Coming into half, we knew we needed to change things, and we came out and executed that.”
“Honestly, I noticed the stops more than the scoring,” Paul George said. “I noticed we were getting stops and we were getting out. I noticed the pace was on our side and the momentum was on our side. But I didn’t necessarily notice 24-0 on that stretch.” Alonzo Adams/USA TODAY Sports
One of the best defensive teams this season, the Thunder have been wildly inconsistent on that end of the floor over the past couple of months, but they cranked up the intensity to spark the run. The Pacers went scoreless for nearly seven minutes — from 10:48 to 3:57,