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Second-half comeback helps Pacers continue winning streak

Paul George dribbles against the Oklahoma City Thunder. (Photo via Pacers.com)

INDIANAPOLIS — For the second straight game, it was a tale of two halves for the Indiana Pacers. After trailing by 11 at halftime, Indiana outscored the Oklahoma City Thunder by 14 in the second half to win 93-90 on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The win makes it seven consecutive for the Pacers.

Indiana led 91-82 late in the game, but gave up eight straight points to make it 91-90 with under two minutes remaining. Paul George, who scored 21 points, hit a jumper on the other end to stretch the lead to three.

With less than 30 seconds left, C.J. Miles missed a three-pointer, giving Oklahoma City a chance to tie on the final possession, but Russell Westbrook missed both of his attempts at forcing overtime.

Oklahoma City outplayed the Pacers during the first two quarters, as Indiana struggled to hit shots consistently and find a way to defend Westbrook, who finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. The 18 rebounds were a season-high for the all-star.

The second half was a different story, as the Pacers held OKC to just 30.2% shooting.

Indiana won despite being out-rebounded 61-37, clearly missing the injured Thaddeus Young. Young missed his second straight game with a sprained wrist.

Glenn Robinson III provided a huge spark for the Pacers, scoring 14 points off the bench.

The now seven-game winning streak is the longest for the Pacers since the 2014-15 season.

Indiana will next play on Wednesday night when they host the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

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