The Indiana Pacers improve to 2-2 in Las Vegas Summer League action with another blowout win, this time over the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was rough going early for both teams, a brick-heavy first quarter giving the Summer Pacers a slim 15-14 advantage.
Indiana came alive to close the second quarter, outscoring Oklahoma City 17-6 to go ahead by double figures at the break, fueled by Chris Duarte and finished off in familiar fashion, with a last possession triple from Duarte heading into the half.
Despite some extensive stretches of extremely poor rebounding, the Pacers never really allowed the Thunder back into the game, pushing their lead throughout the third and then closing out the game with a 28-11 fourth quarter. Indiana’s struggles on the glass yielded 15 offensive rebounds to Oklahoma City, eight alone to Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.
The Indiana defense beyond that was solid, however, limiting the Thunder to just 31% shooting and 4-30 from three point range. The Pacers as a team had six steals and seven blocks, led by familiar faces in Duarte and Isaiah Jackson.
Duarte finished with 19 points on 7-15 shooting, 3-4 from three point range, and in a game where he played more often on the ball, his decision making was a net positive. He ended up with four assists, but had just one turnover, a vast improvement over his struggles earlier in the Summer League.
Jackson meanwhile had 12, pulling in four rebounds and two blocks, including throwing down a game opening dunk courtesy of Duarte.
Keifer Sykes had a solid outing, scoring 14 with four assists on an efficient 6-10 shooting and 2-3 from deep. Cassius Stanley struggled shooting, but led the way at the line, going 4-4 to finish with eight points, including a block leading to a layup at one point and getting in the right place to receive a wide open layup from Duarte.
Indiana’s bench outscored OKC’s _, led by Jordan Bone with nine points. Terry Taylor had eight. An impressive campaign from the Summer Pacers will wrap up on Monday, when they face the Washington Wizards in an early 3 p.m. Eastern tip.