David West scores 21 as Pacers edge Thunder

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – David West scored 21 points, including two key foul shots with eight seconds left, to carry the Indiana Pacers to a 102-97 win over Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

After Kevin Durant’s triple brought the Thunder within 99-97, West drew a foul from Thabo Sefolosha and calmly sank two free throws for a four-point cushion.

On the next play, Durant missed a 25-foot three-pointer with five seconds left and the Thunder fouled C.J. Watson, who split his charities for the final count.

With the victory, the Pacers (55-26) grabbed a half-game lead over the Miami Heat for the best record and home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers have one game to play while the Heat have two games left.

Paul George added 20 points and 12 boards, C.J. Watson had 20, Lance Stephenson had a triple double with 17 points, 10 boards and 11 assists while Luis Scola had 10 for the Pacers.

The Pacers prevailed despite a scoreless performance from center Roy Hibbert, who missed all of his nine shots in 27 minutes of action.

The Pacers shot 38-for-72 from the field for 52.8 percent and 9-for-20 from beyond the arc for 45 percent.

Durant scored 38 points on 13-for-27 shooting, Russell Westbrook added 21, Caron Butler had 13 and Serge Ibaka chipped in 11 for the Thunder (58-22), who are assured of the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

The Thunder made 36 of 84 shots for 42.9 percent but were 7-for-28 from beyond the arc, with Durant missing nine of his 11 three-point attempts.

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