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BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: November 11, 2008 at 9:05 am •  Published: November 11, 2008

Indiana went 4-of-4 from the field inside the final three minutes and swished three of four shots from the foul line.

The Thunder had no answer for Pacers point guard T.J. Ford, who finished with a team-high 24 points and a game-high 10 assists while committing just two turnovers. He scored or assisted the Pacers’ final 11 points and came three rebounds shy of a triple-double.

"We need to play a lot better individual defense when the game is on the line, and we need to take better care of the ball,” said coach P.J. Carlesimo. "I’m encouraged because our overall defense is much improved. But we need people to step up on both ends of the floor in the fourth quarter. It’s not just about making shots. It’s about getting back on defense, guarding your man and defensive rebounding. That’s how you win games.”

The Thunder, however, allowed the Pacers to score 59 points in the second half, shoot 48 percent for the game and force it into 18 turnovers that led to 19 points.

"We need to have a higher focus in those situations and a higher concentration,” Collison said of close games. "That’s what other teams are doing to us, really concentrating and getting a stop when they need it or really executing when they need it. And we’re unable to do those things.”


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