Pacers final score: Pacers down Thunder 102-97

Brian Spurlock

C.J. Watson provided a huge lift for the Pacers off the bench, as Indiana held off a late Oklahoma City surge to beat the Thunder, dropping their magic number for the #1 seed to one. Kevin Durant had 38 to lead all scorers. David West had 21, Lance Stephenson had his fifth triple-double of the season.

The Indiana Pacers faced adversity against the Oklahoma City Thunder and came through the fire with an impressive win that drops Indiana's magic number to clinching the top seed in the East to one. The Pacers led most of the way against the Thunder, but an abundance of turnovers, 15 first half free throws for Oklahoma City, and a woeful shooting night from Roy Hibbert really put a lot of work on other aspects of the team.

The bench did the lifting behind C.J. Watson, who had a season high 20 points to lead a bench scoring effort of 41 points, with Luis Scola scoring 10 and Ian Mahinmi scoring 11. David West led the team with 21 points on 9-11 shooting, including a huge block late in the game on Kevin Durant, had 38 points. Paul George and Lance Stephenson each had big shots down the stretch, George scored 20 and Stephenson scored 17 as part of a 17 point, 10 rebound, and 11 assist triple-double, his fifth of the season.

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