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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

It was pretty for a while, with the Thunder going up 11 with five minutes left, but a mess to the finish line. OKC hung on for dear life, with a crucial tip-in by Alex Abrines with 15 seconds left saving them from what would've been a really crushing loss. Paul George finished with 12 points on 3-14 shooting in his return, but did hit two free throws to ice the game.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder have had issues in the third quarter all season, being outscored by 9.9 points per 100 possessions, and it looked to be more of the same as the Pacers jumped out 11-2. OKC steadied things, stuck with some good offense and will take a four-point lead into the fourth. Paul George in his return, though? Not going so great: 10 points on 3-14 shooting.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni has no interest in making a case that the Rockets are NBA's best team. "When you have a champion like the Golden State Warriors, they're the best until somebody proves differently. ... We know they set the bar, how good they are, so they're the best."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George's first bucket comes with 3:05 left in the second quarter, on a backdoor alley-oop. Before that he was 0-3 shooting, with four turnovers.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George has come out a bit passive against the Pacers, taking just one shot and scoring two points on free throws. He's being booed every time he touches it, and they haven't lasted long, because George is getting off the ball quickly.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pacers showed a long video going through all the greats in their history -- Wayman Tisdale, Chuck Person, Dale Davis, Jeff Foster, Jalen Rose, Reggie Miller, etc. Paul George was not included.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George walked out of the tunnel into the court for warmups, hearing some boos. As he shot jumpers, a fan courtside yelled "Remember when you wanted to be like Reggie? Traitor!"

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Sign at Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Abrines will start again in place of Andre Roberson (ankle).

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward got out of his walking boot today, less than two months since his injury on opening night. No guarantee he stays out of the boot, depending on how his foot reacts, but he's hopeful he's done with it. Said Hayward: "Today has been awesome without the boot."