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George held to 10 vs. former team; Thunder still beat Pacers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George scored just 10 points against his former team, and it was the kind of game he had longed for.

Russell Westbrook's triple-double picked up the slack and helped the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 114-96 on Wednesday night.

The Pacers traded George to Oklahoma City after it became public knowledge that he didn't plan on staying with the team long-term. George, a four-time All-Star while he was with the Pacers, savored being able to have an off night while his team still won comfortably. Westbrook finished with 28 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder to take the pressure off George.

''That hasn't happened often in my career,'' George said. ''Fortunate to have those guys carry me. They know how big this game was for me, and they went out and got it for me.''

George rarely fouls out, but he committed his sixth with 6:15 remaining after playing just 19 minutes.

''It's a coincidence, right?'' George said. ''I don't know what was the cause. It was an agenda tonight.''

Steven Adams added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who snapped a two-game skid.

Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, who were sent from Oklahoma City to Indiana as part of the George deal, both started against their former team. Oladipo scored 35 points on 11 for 18 shooting.

Oladipo downplayed facing the Thunder.

''Yeah, just another game, man,'' Oladipo said. ''We have to go out and try to win. Unfortunately we came up short.''

Oladipo increased his scoring average to 26 points per game. He has thrived in coach Nate McMillan's up-tempo offense.

''Vic's been playing really well for us,'' said Pacers guard Darren Collison, who scored 18 points. ''He has a good flow. It's good to have a player like that, that can get it going the way he's been getting it going. Hopefully we get some wins with that and make us productive.''

The Thunder led 54-48 at halftime behind 15 points from Anthony and 11 points and 10 assists from Westbrook. Oladipo scored 21 points before the break.

Oklahoma City got it going early in the second half. A 3-pointer by Josh Huestis put the Thunder ahead 70-57. A driving layup by Westbrook expanded the lead to 82-66 with about three minutes left in the period.

Westbrook had eight rebounds when he sat down to rest late in the third. He returned in the fourth period and grabbed his 10th rebound with just under five minutes remaining.

''He was great tonight,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''Overall, I felt like he surveyed and managed the game and the floor, moving guys around. He did an exceptional job.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: The Oklahoma City crowd greeted Oladipo and Sabonis warmly during pregame introductions. ... Sabonis got his fourth straight start at center in place of Myles Turner, who was out again with a concussion and a sore neck. Sabonis finished with four points. ... Indiana was coming off a 130-107 win at Minnesota on Tuesday night. ... McMillan was issued a technical foul early in the fourth period.

Thunder: Anthony made a layup at the buzzer to end the first period. ... Rookie G Terrance Ferguson played in the fourth period. He sat out Sunday's game against Minnesota with a sprained left ankle.

QUOTABLE

Oladipo, when asked if he was comfortable at Chesapeake Energy Arena: ''I'm comfortable on this team.''

STAT LINES

Adams has made 24 of 36 shots this season after having ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage last season. He is averaging 13.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Indiana hosts the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

Thunder: Visits the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins banked in a buzzer beater from near half-court to beat the Thunder 115-113 last Sunday.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 G
R. Westbrook
0 G
35.3 Min. Per Game 35.3
19.3 Pts. Per Game 19.3
11.7 Ast. Per Game 11.7
9.3 Reb. Per Game 9.3
50.0 Field Goal % 47.7
48.7 Three Point % 45.1
88.6 Free Throw % 57.1
+ 2 Joe Young made layup 0:19
  Offensive rebound by Joe Young 0:20
  Ike Anigbogu missed jump shot, blocked by Terrance Ferguson 0:20
  Offensive rebound by Ike Anigbogu 0:21
  TJ Leaf missed dunk 0:22
  Offensive rebound by TJ Leaf 0:22
  Joe Young missed layup 0:28
  Bad pass turnover on Raymond Felton 0:34
  Bad pass turnover on Ike Anigbogu 0:53
+ 2 Alex Abrines made jump shot 1:07
  Offensive rebound by Alex Abrines 1:07
Team Stats
Points 96 114
Field Goals 28-83 (33.7%) 43-89 (48.3%)
3-Pointers 10-29 (34.5%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 30-35 (85.7%) 18-26 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 52 62
Offensive 14 16
Defensive 27 33
Team 11 13
Assists 13 26
Steals 13 8
Blocks 2 8
Turnovers 19 20
Fouls 23 27
Technicals 1 0
35 PTS, 5 REB
28 PTS, 10 REB, 16 AST
1234T
away team logo Pacers 2-3 2721262296
home team logo Thunder 2-2 30243228114
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 2-3 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Thunder 2-2 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
V. Oladipo G 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
R. Westbrook G 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
V. Oladipo G 35 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
R. Westbrook G 28 PTS 10 REB 16 AST
33.7 FG% 48.3
34.5 3PT FG% 37.0
85.7 FT% 69.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 35 35 5 0 1 2 3 5 11/18 5/8 8/8 0 5 40 -20
D. Collison 37 18 2 3 2 0 4 2 5/12 2/4 6/6 0 2 24 -13
T. Young 33 14 4 0 2 0 2 2 5/12 3/6 1/2 1 3 18 -15
B. Bogdanovic 28 4 2 2 1 0 5 2 0/7 0/5 4/4 0 2 6 -19
D. Sabonis 18 4 11 2 0 0 1 5 1/9 0/0 2/2 8 3 18 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 35 35 5 0 1 2 3 5 11/18 5/8 8/8 0 5 40 -20
D. Collison 37 18 2 3 2 0 4 2 5/12 2/4 6/6 0 2 24 -13
T. Young 33 14 4 0 2 0 2 2 5/12 3/6 1/2 1 3 18 -15
B. Bogdanovic 28 4 2 2 1 0 5 2 0/7 0/5 4/4 0 2 6 -19
D. Sabonis 18 4 11 2 0 0 1 5 1/9 0/0 2/2 8 3 18 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Joseph 21 6 1 2 2 0 0 2 1/6 0/2 4/4 1 0 13 -5
L. Stephenson 17 5 4 1 1 0 0 2 2/7 0/2 1/3 0 4 12 +4
A. Jefferson 18 5 7 2 2 0 3 2 1/4 0/0 3/3 1 6 15 -3
J. Young 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 0 4 -1
T. Leaf 19 2 3 1 1 0 0 1 1/4 0/1 0/1 1 2 8 -4
A. Poythress 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
I. Anigbogu 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 -1
D. Wilkins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -1
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 96 41 13 13 2 19 23 28/83 10/29 30/35 14 27 159 -90
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 28 10 16 3 0 7 3 10/18 2/4 6/10 1 9 66 +27
C. Anthony 32 28 10 1 0 3 6 3 9/17 3/7 7/9 0 10 37 +19
S. Adams 30 17 11 1 2 2 2 1 8/13 0/0 1/1 7 4 32 +16
P. George 19 10 1 0 0 1 1 6 4/8 0/3 2/3 0 1 11 -2
A. Roberson 20 4 2 1 0 1 1 3 2/5 0/1 0/0 2 0 8 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 28 10 16 3 0 7 3 10/18 2/4 6/10 1 9 66 +27
C. Anthony 32 28 10 1 0 3 6 3 9/17 3/7 7/9 0 10 37 +19
S. Adams 30 17 11 1 2 2 2 1 8/13 0/0 1/1 7 4 32 +16
P. George 19 10 1 0 0 1 1 6 4/8 0/3 2/3 0 1 11 -2
A. Roberson 20 4 2 1 0 1 1 3 2/5 0/1 0/0 2 0 8 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Felton 18 9 0 3 0 0 1 0 4/9 1/3 0/0 0 0 14 -7
J. Grant 25 7 7 1 1 0 1 4 2/7 1/2 2/3 2 5 16 +3
A. Abrines 13 5 2 1 1 0 0 3 2/5 1/1 0/0 1 1 10 +5
P. Patterson 16 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 2 10 +6
J. Huestis 25 3 3 0 1 0 1 4 1/5 1/4 0/0 2 1 6 +12
T. Ferguson 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 0
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 114 49 26 8 8 20 27 43/89 10/27 18/26 16 33 211 +90