Pacers Links: Pacers try to clinch Central Division against Wizards after collapse to Thunder

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The Pacers still have to earn the Central Division title with a win in Washington which won't be as easy as it sounds.

The Indiana Pacers returned home with a bit of the blahs on Friday which is no way to play the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Pacers pride themselves on taking the fight to opponents and winning the battle of hustle plays, but the Thunder had the Pacers on their heels all night, trying to counter until OKC eventually delivered the knock out punch early in the fourth quarter.

The good news for the Pacers is that being on the wrong side in a disparity of effort is rare. The bad news is the Pacers still need a win to clinch the Central Division and will have their hands full when they visit the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. The Wizards are riding an eight-game home winning streak as they play the Pacers for the first time this season with John Wall.

Check out the links:

Thunder at Pacers - Box score and highlights

Game Rewind: Pacers 75, Thunder 97 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers fall to Thunder – and lightning | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers Insider: After blown chance, team will have to wait another day to try and clinch division | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Pacers notebook: Indiana-Oklahoma City not big enough for ESPN | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook rallies tired OKC to win over Pacers | News OK

Game Preview: Pacers at Wizards | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Durant, Thunder overpower Pacers to snap win streak | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

Thunder final score: Thunder outlast the Pacers, 97-75 - Welcome to Loud City

Post-Game Grades: Thunder Steamroll Pacers in the Fourth Quarter | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Roy Hibbert rediscovers his touch for Indiana Pacers | The Point Forward - SI.com

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