The Oklahoma City Thunder pounded the Indiana Pacers Friday night, 97-75, behind the stellar performance of Kevin Durant. It was very apparent the Pacers were heavily outmatched, giving up their worst home loss of the season.
To the Pacer’s defense, it was not anything they did wrong necessarily. They were faced with the same problem most team’s in the league have against the Thunder — they simply did not have an answer for Durant.
Durant recorded a game-high 34 points on 61.9 percent shooting from the field, along with 9 rebounds. He was a jaw-dropping +23 in point differential while on the court. Even after suffering what seemed to be a calf injury at halftime, Durant was still able to shake it off and put up an exceptional performance against one of the top teams in the east.
I should have known better than to tweet earlier that KD looks tired. I’ve covered him long enough. That was stupid. He’s got 13 in the 4th.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) April 6, 2013
Durant had a monster fourth quarter against the Pacers, which led to the Thunder putting the game out of reach. He scored the first six points in the quarter and from that point, the Thunder never looked back.
The performance from Durant is exactly what Thunder fans love to see. The way he completely dominated the Pacers pretty much by himself is something to be in awe of. When this guy gets hot, he is almost unstoppable. Durant will have to continue to get big numbers in the fourth quarter if the Thunder are going to contend for another NBA championship this year.