Domantas Sabonis triple-double leads Indiana Pacers’ thrashing of Oklahoma City Thunder

May 1, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Theo Maledon (11) shoots as Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) defends the shot during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Domantas Sabonis had 26 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 152-95 blowout win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road Saturday.

The Pacers’ 152 points were the most in franchise history since the team moved to the NBA in 1976-77 and the 57-point margin was the largest loss in Thunder franchise history.

Indiana flirted with the largest margin in NBA history — Cleveland’s 68-point win over Miami in December 1991 — with the Pacers leading by as many as 67 in the fourth quarter.

The Pacers (30-33) swept the season series and snapped a two-game losing streak, remaining in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

Oklahoma City (21-43) lost for the 19th time in 21 games.

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Indiana hit a franchise-record 21 3-pointers, six by Doug McDermott.

Sabonis had missed the last six games with lower-back soreness but was dominant from the start, as was another former Thunder player, McDermott.

By the end of the first quarter, Sabonis had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists as the Pacers scored the game’s first eight points and led by as many as 19 in the first quarter.

Just less than two minutes to go before halftime, Sabonis earned his seventh triple-double of the season with his tenth assist.

By halftime, Sabonis had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

McDermott tied his career high with 31 points, scoring 16 with four 3-pointers in the first quarter.

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The Pacers kept pouring it on in the second, starting the second with a 22-9 run, then stretched their lead to 29 midway through and eventually led by 36 by halftime.

Caris LeVert added 25 points for Indiana, which set season highs in field-goal percentage (65.5) and 3-point percentage (63.6). Sabonis was 10 of 13 from the floor.

Moses Brown led the Thunder with 16 points, going 7 of 9 from the floor. Oklahoma City was just 8 of 38 from behind the arc and 11 of 23 on free throws.

The Pacers hammered the Thunder despite being without Malcolm Brogdon (sore right hamstring) and JaKarr Sampson (concussion protocol).

The Thunder didn’t have Luguentz Dort (right hip strain) or Aleksej Pokusevski (left knee contusion).

–Field Level Media