OKLAHOMA CITY – Behind the franchise record of 152 points, the Indiana Pacers handed the Oklahoma City Thunder the biggest home loss in NBA history on Saturday, 152-95.
The margin of 57 points exceeds the previous score of 56 set by the Celtics over the Bulls in 2018 and the SuperSonics over the Rockets in 1986.
The Pacers, led by as many as 67, have the biggest lead in a game of 25 seasons. The biggest win margin ever in a game is 68, set by the Cavaliers over Hate in 1991.
“It’s embarrassing. I’m not going to try to spin that,” said Thunder coach Mark Dainho. “We’re still grateful to be playing basketball. Trouble tests the team̵
The Pacers broke the thunder, although they did not have a number of players on rotation, including Malcolm Brogdan, Jeremy Lamb, Miles Turner and Jakar Sampson.
Domantas Sabonis, who returned from a back injury, had a triple-double by halftime, finishing with 26 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists in 30 minutes. He is the fourth player in the last 25 seasons to record a first-half triple-double.
“It was a timeout in the second quarter and Miles was like, ‘You need two more!’ “And I was like, ‘What?’ and then he told me, “Sabonis said.” We just kept playing. The boys were opening up and I was trying to find them and they fired. “
Asked if he had experienced such a game before, when things came so easily, Sabonis said it was the first.
“No, not particularly on a professional level,” he said.
Pacers came out hot and maintained a ridiculous pace of shooting throughout the game, posting splits of 65.5% off the field and 63.6% of 3, hitting 21-from-33 from depth. “It was a pure uppercut,” Daino said. “It demoralizes.”
The thunderbolts, which are under construction and thinking for development, played with a number, composed mainly of recruits, minimum paid players and 10-day contracts. They recently broke a 14-game losing streak in Boston and have now lost 16 of their last 17.
Thunder, however, should not sit long in the wind They play the current top team in the West on Sunday, the Phoenix Suns.
“I told the boys after the game, you have to get off your feet, become mentally, physically and emotionally zero and zero tomorrow morning,” Daigneault said. “It’s about turning the page and keeping in touch with the boys. And bringing them back the next moment and the next game. We have to delete that.”