The Indiana Pacers looked listless for three quarters, confused and bewildered by what the Oklahoma City Thunder had to offer. Paul George was a one-man wrecking crew, pushing the Thunder up by as many as 19 points and Indiana continued to stumble through a number of lengthy scoring droughts.
However, the team never quit and pulled back in behind a trio of big three pointers and a healthy dose of Domantas Sabonis, taking the lead with just over two minutes remaining. George scored the next five, but Indiana kept fighting, led by Wesley Matthews, who after forcing a big time turnover on George, was in the right place for a game-winning tip-in to propel Indiana to the comeback victory.
Sabonis led the way with 26 points and seven rebounds, including 12-13 from the free throw line. Bojan Bogdanovic had 23 to lead the starters, scoring five crucial points in the fourth. Matthews had eight of his 16 in the fourth, including back-to-back threes that gave Indiana the push they needed to work back in the game after falling behind by 11.
Indiana needed this heading out West for four games, facing the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.