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Oklahoma City Thunder endure the worst home loss in NBA History

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Oklahoma City Thunder, reeling at the 13th position in the Western Conference, were subjected to a brutal loss against the Indiana Pacers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Oklahoma City Thunder endure the worst home loss in NBA History

Following a bashing across four quarters, the game ended in the favour of their Eastern counterparts by a thumping margin of 95-152.

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The ensuing 57-point deficit at the end of the game will go down in history books as it is the heaviest home loss ever recorded in NBA.

The previous heaviest home defeat came back in 1986 and 2018, where the margin was 56 points.

Indiana Pacers scored 42, 40, 44 and 26 in the four quarters to hand Thunder their 43rd loss of the campaign.

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The hosts were without their key players for this fixture as Domantas Sabonis recorded a triple-double for the visitors in the first half itself. Doug McDermott top scored with 31 points as no one from the Thunder outfit scored over 16 points.

This loss also marks the heaviest overall loss this season surpassing the Raptors’ 53-point rout over the Warriors.

At one stage of the game, the Pacers were leading by 67-points. Thunder were able to pull things back a little with a decent fourth quarter to reduce the margin of defeat, but it was still not enough. This was also the highest number of points registered by the Pacers in an NBA game.

21 three-pointers were scored in the game, which is also a new record in the NBA. Thunder shot 34.2 percent from the field to remain ninth in the table and remain alive in the playoffs race.

Thunder coach terms the performance as embarrassing

Thunder, whose elimination from the playoffs is inevitable will next face the Western Conference leaders Phoenix Suns at home.

“It’s embarrassing. I’m not gonna try to spin that,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “We’re still grateful to be playing basketball. Adversity tests the connection of the team. It tests everything. It squeezes you. It shows you who you are.”

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“It was a timeout in the second quarter and Myles was like, ‘You need two more!’ and I was like ‘What?’ and then he told me,” Sabonis said. “We just kept playing. Guys were getting open and I was trying to find them and they made the shots.” Sabonis said of the match.

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