It didn't take long to know it might be a long night for the Pacers in Oklahoma City on Sunday evening. After the Pacers turned the ball over on their first possession, Kevin Durant came down and drained his first shot to get the Thunder rolling early.
Durant's 14 first-quarter points set the tone for the game as the Pacers defense simply struggled to catch up all night. That league leading D is most effective by making opponents uncomfortable on the offensive end, but on Sunday they just weren't able to move the Thunder out of their comfort zone.
So the Pacers return home with a 3-2 record, having delivered a strong effort on the road in the first four games. Now it is time for some intensity back on the Fieldhouse floor when the Miami Heat arrive in Indy for a game on Tuesday night. The Pacers need to remain in business-trip mode to use Monday to focus on the Heat which is always tough after returning home from a long trip with family, friends, mail, laundry, etc. ready to greet you after an extended absence.
Fortunately, the idea of LeBron James waiting to greet the Pacers on Tuesday should be enough to push off those other distractions for another day.
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