National Basketball Association
Indiana 108, Oklahoma City 106
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 14, 2019
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
#37 Eric Dalen, #48 Scott Foster, #21 Dedric Taylor
Wesley Matthews' tip-in with 1.8 seconds left lifted the Indiana Pacers to a 108-106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder at home Thursday night.
Indiana ended the game on a 23-10 run to finish off a big comeback.
Russell Westbrook had a chance to win the game for the Thunder in the last second, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key hit the front of the rim and bounced away.
Just before that, a series of turnovers gave the Pacers the ball in a tie game with virtually no difference between the game clock and shot clock.
Bojan Bogdanovic elevated over Steven Adams in the closing seconds, but his shot rolled off the rim. Matthews slid around the Thunder defense to grab the rebound and put it home for the game-winner.
Indiana trailed by 19 early in the third quarter before creeping back into the game. By early in the fourth quarter, the Pacers had trimmed the lead to five before the Thunder extended the lead to double figures again.
But Indiana didn't go away.
The Pacers ripped off a 19-5 run late in the fourth, taking the lead for the first time since the first quarter on Myles Turner's dunk with 2:49 remaining.
After another Pacers bucket, Paul George hit a 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining to tie the game.
Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 26 points, and Bogdanovic added 23. Indiana won its second consecutive game.
George scored 36 points, going 6 of 11 from behind the 3-point line for the Thunder. Westbrook finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his second consecutive triple-double.
After going 4 for 7 from behind the 3-point line in the first half, George didn't attempt another until less than six minutes remained in the game.
It was just George's second game as a visitor in Indiana. In last year's first return since being traded in the 2017 offseason, George struggled, making just 3 of 14 from the field. But George quickly got into an offensive rhythm Thursday to help the Thunder jump on top early.
Oklahoma City took a 63-50 lead into the half.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Paul George 36
Domantas Sabonis 26
Russell Westbrook 11
Darren Collison 7
Russell Westbrook 14
Wesley Matthews 7
Paul George 10
||Free Throws Made
Domantas Sabonis 12
Russell Westbrook 4
Darren Collison 4
Jerami Grant 2
Cory Joseph 1
Team Stats Summary
Indiana will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Pacers have a W/L % of .628 after a win and .654 after a loss.
Oklahoma City will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Thunder have a W/L % of .628 after a win and .577 after a loss.