In the opening period, Durant erupted for 14 points, four fewer than the Pacers. He attacked at every opportunity, hoisting nine shots in the quarter, tying the most he's attempted in an opening frame this season. By halftime, Durant had launched 14 shots, the most he's attempted in the first 24 minutes this year.
He went right at George throughout, giving him a potent mix of fadeaways and turnarounds, pull-ups and post-ups.
George, after the game, called Durant his toughest matchup.
“It is,” George said. “It is a tougher matchup.”
The two didn't defend each other all night, but they were matched up for a lengthy stretch spanning the end of the first quarter into halftime.
By then, Durant sat on 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting.
George sat on six points on 2-for-7 shooting.
And the Thunder sat on a 19-point lead that soon swelled to as many as 29.
Durant added a game-high 10 rebounds and five assists while making 14 of 23 shots. George got going in the second half, developing a hot hand from behind the 3-point line and scoring 26 of his team-high 32 points in the final 24 minutes. Eighteen of those came in the third quarter.
But despite George's best efforts, the Pacers never got closer than 15 points.
And when Durant checked out for good with 3:58 left to play and the Thunder owning a 20-point lead, he turned to the media sitting behind the scorer's table and made one final statement.
“Write about that,” he howled.