Thunder Vs. Pacers: Oklahoma City Fall To Indiana, Lose Third Straight Game For First Time All Season

The Thunder lost to the Pacers to lose their third straight game for the first time this season.

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Scott Brooks Says Thunder Players Will 'Bounce Back' After Third Straight Loss

Scott Brooks is not happy. As of the last three games, the Oklahoma City Thunder's head coach has no reason to be,. With the team's first three-game losing streak of the 2011-12 NBA season as of this present moment, the team suddenly feels susceptible or even vulnerable. They can be beaten and apparently it can be done multiple times in a row. That sound you hear is the rest of the league licking their chops.

Yet for all of the frustration of yet another loss, this time to the Indiana Pacers, Brooks ultimately believes that Kevin Durant and company will bounce back. Conventional wisdom says you should agree given the amount of talent on the roster.

"We knew going into these last number of games that we were going to have to play well to get some wins," said Brooks. "Our guys are going to bounce back. That's how they are."

When asked how his team will do just that, Brooks had some fairly complex analogies.

"We just got to play better. We got to start the game better. We got to play every possession better. We got to end quarters better. We got to come out in the second half better."

That's one way to put it. The Pacers created match-up issues for the Thunder all night, and apparently others will look to do the same. OKC must adjust if they are going to go far into the playoffs and possibly take the title crown. They can ill afford to coast on their youth and talent.

For more on the OKC Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome To Loud City. For Pacers news and info, go to Indy Cornrows, and head over to SB Nation's NBA page for all your pro hoops needs.

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NBA Standings: Thunder, Spurs Vying For Home Court Advantage In Playoffs

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in trouble. They've lost three games in a row, and it's clear that their home court advantage throughout the playoffs is now in jeopardy with the San Antonio Spurs right on their tail heading into the final stretch of the NBA regular season. While the Thunder are a cinch to not only claim a playoff spot but earn a top seed, the team will regret their play later in the playoffs when they are possibly forced on the road against the Spurs or even Lakers.

Here's the latest Western Conference standings:


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Oklahoma City Thunder 54 40-14 .741
San Antonio Spurs 52 38-14 .731
Los Angeles Lakers 55 35-20 .636
Los Angeles Clippers 55 33-22 .600
Memphis Grizzlies 53 30-23 .566
Dallas Mavericks 55 31-24 .564
Houston Rockets 54 29-25 .537
Denver Nuggets 54 29-25 .537
Phoenix Suns 54 28-26 .519
Utah Jazz 55 28-27 .509
Portland Trail Blazers 55 26-29 .473
Minnesota Timberwolves 56 25-31 .446
Golden State Warriors 53 21-32 .396
Sacramento Kings 55 19-36 .345
New Orleans Hornets 54 14-40 .259


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Thunder Vs. Pacers Final Score: Oklahoma City Loses Third Straight Game For First Time This Season

For the first time this season the Oklahoma City Thunder have lost three straight games in a 103-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. The Thunder trailed most of the game and headed into the fourth quarter trailing by 14 points and that is when they made a comeback.

The Thunder did cut the lead to three points on a Russell Westbrook three-point shot with five seconds left, but that is as close as they would get to the Pacers. The offense for the Thunder struggled most of the night with the exception of Kevin Durant who scored 44 points, and Westbrook did score 21 points on a paltry 7-of-23 from the field. Outside of Durant and Westbrook the rest of Thunder team combined for 35 points.

The Pacers had a more scoring balance attack which was led by Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert. Granger had 26 points and Hibbert had 21 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.

With this loss the Thunder no longer have the best record in the Western Conference and trail the San Antonio Spurs by percentage points.

For more on the OKC Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome To Loud City. For Pacers news and info, go to Indy Cornrows, and head over to SB Nation's NBA page for all your pro hoops needs.

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Thunder Vs. Pacers Halftime Score: Indiana Up Big Over Oklahoma City, 56-41

Ever since the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Chicago Bulls this past Sunday their fortune has turned and they have lost two in a row, and if they keep their pace up tonight against the Indiana Pacers they could have their first losing streak of three games this season.

At the half the Thunder are trailing the Pacers 56-41, and part of that has to do with Russell Westbrook shooting only 1-of-8 from the field with three points. Also, James Harden who is typically the teams third scorer only has five points. As a team the Thunder have been held to 42 percent shooting.

The one offensive player that is doing well for the Thunder is Kevin Durant who has 16 first half points on 8-of-12 shooting.

As for the Pacers offense they are shooting 54 percent from the field and have already gone to the free throw line 20 times while making 16 of them.

For more on the OKC Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome To Loud City. For Pacers news and info, go to Indy Cornrows, and head over to SB Nation's NBA page for all your pro hoops needs.

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Thunder Vs. Pacers: Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Thunder are looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they travel to Indiana Friday night.

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