It was a winning night for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they beat the Indiana Pacers, but it was a rough night for Paul George, as he struggled during his first game against his former team. George was in foul trouble for most of the game and ended up fouling out during the last six minutes of the fourth quarter. He only played for 19 minutes total before being fouled out and scored just 10 points on the night. Even though Paul George struggled in the game, the rest of the Thunder players overcame it and beat the Pacers, 114-96.

George on his first game against his former team

Paul George, a four-time All-Star while he was with the Pacers, savored being able to have an off night while his team still won comfortably. FOX News reported that he said “That hasn’t happened often in my career. Fortunate to have those guys carry me. They know how big this game was for me and they went out and got if for me.”

George was traded by the Pacers to the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in June after he informed the team he would opt out of his contract and leave via free agency after this season. He will return to Indiana for the first time on December 13.

Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony led OKC

Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony led the team in this important win against the Pacers.

The reigning league MVP, Russell Westbrook, recorded his second triple-double of this season as he scored 28 points to go with 10 rebounds and 16 assists. 10 out of his 16 assists came in the first quarter alone as he set up Thunder players on a series of smart passes near the basket.

Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony had his best game in Oklahoma City, as he scored 28 points with 10 rebounds, three blocks, and an assist.

Overall, the Thunder averaged 48.3 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent from three-point shooting. The team also had 20 turnovers and 49 rebounds.

Big night for Oladipo

Although the Pacers did not take the Thunder down, Victor Oladipo had a great night for his new team. He was sent from Oklahoma City to Indiana together with Domantas Sabonis as part of the George trade.

As he faced his former team, he wasn’t intimidated as he led the Pacers with 35 points, five rebounds, and a steal. Oladipo said after the game “Yeah, just another game, man. We have to go out and try to win. Unfortunately, we came up short.”

The Pacers shot only 33.7 percent shooting from the field and 34.5 percent from the three-point line. The team also finished with 19 turnovers and 41 rebounds.