Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put together a personal 10-4 run late in the third to keep the Pacers at bay on Friday night. From that point, Oklahoma City proceeded to make the game a blowout and went on to a 97-75 victory over Indiana.
The Pacers had crawled back into the game and trailed by only three until Durant and Westbrook seized control for the Thunder
Oklahoma City has won three straight and pushed its record to 56-20 and is tied with the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the Western Conference with six games to play in the regular season.
Thunder gans probably were worried when Durant went down at the first half with what looked to be a bad leg injury. But he came back into the game and didn’t look the worse for wear.
He returned in the second half, albeit with a calf contusion, and scored 22 of his game high 34 points in the half.
Westbrook had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds on the night. He and Durant combined for 60 percent of the Thunder’s offensive output.
Serge Ibaka was the only other OKC player to score in double figures. He had 12 points to go with seven boards.