INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 54 points Sunday night, but Indiana fended off his late charge for a critical 116-104 victory over Oklahoma City.
C.J. Miles matched his season high with 30 points to lead Indiana (37-43) to its fifth straight win and into a tie with Brooklyn for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Nets own the tiebreaker.
The Thunder (43-37) lost for the fifth time in six games despite a near triple-double from Westbrook, who had nine rebounds and eight assists. Oklahoma City is tied with New Orleans for the No. 8 seed in the West.
Indiana never trailed in the second half, but Westbrook tied the score at 88 on a breakaway dunk with 7:55 to go.
The Pacers scored 12 straight points, but Westbrook’s 3-pointer with 1:19 left made it 106-103 before Indiana closed it out.
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