INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — TJ Warren was in attack mode to start the second half.
Warren scored 11 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-85 yesterday.
“I just wanted to come out with a high sense of urgency out there,” he said. “I know we had a good little lead and we just wanted to put them away in the third. I just wanted to be aggressive and attack.”
Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the surging Pacers (7-4), who have won seven of eight, including four straight.
It was Warren who provided the spark needed to put the game out of reach, shooting five for five from the field in the third quarter and 10 for 14 overall.
As one of nine additions to Indiana’s roster this season, Warren is beginning to find a groove.
“It’s a new group,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Part of it is figuring these guys out, where they like the ball, what they can do with the basketball. We’re starting to personalise some of the sets in the offense, spotting where guys can be effective and productive.”
The Pacers used a big third quarter — including 71.4 per cent shooting — to take a 26-point lead and put the game away.
Aaron Holiday hit two three-pointers and Warren made another in a 15-2 run that ended with Doug McDermott’s layup to put Indiana ahead 84-58 with 1:49 to go.