Indiana vs. Oklahoma City: Thunder Embarrass the Pacers

No NameAnalyst IMarch 2, 2011

What the hell was that?

The Thunder entered tonight's game on a three-game losing streak. Luckily for them, the Pacers were in town.

Oklahoma City completely embarrassed Indiana in every aspect imaginable on Wednesday night en route to a 113-89 win. Don't let the score fool you: Kevin Durant played half the game, and neither team played the fourth quarter.

The Thunder didn't even need to, and the Pacers didn't want to.

In a game that started out 10-0 in Oklahoma City's favor, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 21 points to lead the Thunder. They never trailed, and it was never close. Danny Granger played just six minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. He finished with nine points.

The Thunder led by as many as 35 in the fourth quarter before emptying their bench.

The Pacers missed their first seven shots, committed four quick turnovers, and lost Granger to two fouls within the first four minutes.

Not exactly the kind of start they were looking for.

The five Indiana starters went 9-38 from the floor and scored a combined 33 points, almost half what the Thunder's starting five put up, and none of them played more than 28 minutes.

All in all, this was probably the worst Pacers game I've watched all season, and the timing couldn't be worse. It was the first of three straight on the road (they actually play five of their next six on the road) and the competition doesn't get any easier; Indiana's next two games feature the Mavericks and Rockets.

I don't really know what to say after a game like this. There are losses, tough losses, and then there are games where you just shake your head and wonder what the hell was going on.

If this is a sign of things to come, the Pacers might as well start tanking games to improve their draft position, since that's the only way they're going to acquire new players. No trading allowed with this franchise.

There really is no way to sum up the team's performance tonight.

Oh, and if anyone cares, rookie Lance Stephenson got on the floor again, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds in 20 minutes of play. If that's going to be the bright spot for the rest of the season, we're in more trouble than many people thought.

Indiana's next game is in Dallas on Friday night. Hopefully Dirk doesn't hang 60 on us.