OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)—Danny Granger scored 24 points, Troy Murphy added 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 117-99 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.
Indiana shot 50 percent or better for the fifth time in seven games and put the game away by outscoring Oklahoma City 33-19 in the third quarter.
Roy Hibbert added 17 points, Jarrett Jack scored 14 and Brandon Rush had 13 points for Indiana, which trails both Chicago and Detroit by four games with five to play.
Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 25 points and Nick Collison scored 15. Rookie D.J. White added 14 points in his NBA debut after missing the first five months of the season following jaw surgery.
After Oklahoma City pulled within seven, Murphy followed Granger’s basket in the lane with a 3-poiner from the top of the key as the Pacers started creating some distance again. Hibbert added a three-point play and then finished the 12-2 run with a free throw to extend Indiana’s edge to 71-54 with 7:13 left in the third quarter.
The Pacers had an eight-point burst to push their lead beyond 20 late in the period, and T.J. Ford converted a steal into a transition jumper to make it 100-73 with 8 1/2 minutes left in the game.
Ford finished with 12 points as a reserve.
Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook each scored 11 points and Shaun Livingston had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in his second game with the Thunder. He had been out much of the last two years after a serious knee injury.
Oklahoma City followed a surprising win at San Antonio with lackluster performances at home, being held to a season scoring low in a 107-72 loss to Portland on Friday night. The Thunder have lost five of six, giving up 100 points or more in each loss.
The Pacers, meanwhile, are busting out on offense. They had averaged 109.3 points in their last six games entering Sunday night.
Indiana took the lead for good with an early 19-4 run that featured back-to-back three-point plays by Hibbert and Granger. Murphy’s 3-pointer from the right wing gave the Pacers a 26-11 lead before Oklahoma City scored the next six points.
The Pacers never let Oklahoma City get closer than seven after that, leading 57-48 at halftime before Green opened the second half with a jumper for the Thunder.