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It took the Oklahoma City Thunder 67 games last season to notch their 19th victory, en route to the fourth worst campaign in the NBA.

But led by third-year player Kevin Durant, the Thunder won their 19th game in 34 matchups—almost two months earlier than a year ago.

They welcome one of the league’s worst road teams (3-15), the Indiana Pacers, winners of just two of their last 11 games. Indiana recently got Danny Granger and Troy Murphy back off of injury. The duo leads the team in almost every statistical category, but has missed a combined 27 games this season.

The Pacers, who give up 103.8 points per game as the East’s second worst scoring defense, are 5-11 without Granger.

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While the Pacers have suffered the burden of injuries, the Thunder are healthy, producing and winning basketball games at clip good enough for playoff contention.

Second-year guard Russell Westbrook is averaging 16.9 points and 9.1 assists in the last ten games, running the offense for a team currently 8th in the West with the conference’s fourth best scoring defense.



Durant, the NBA’s fourth leading scorer this season and Westbrook figure to be one of the best young guard-forward combos in the league.

The Thunder claimed wins in six of their last eight games and are just four wins shy of matching their 23-win season last year. Tonight, they look to extend the Pacers’ 8-game road losing streak.

 

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By: Jonathan Woo
ProBasketball-fans.com Oklahoma City Thunder Correspondent


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