Dec 8, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Thunder vs. Pacers Final Score: OKC with 118-94 statement win over Indy

The Thunder were set for another big test Sunday night with the Indiana Pacers coming to town.

OKC jumped on Indy, who was playing their second game in as many nights, early. The Thunder led 28-18 after one quarter and 56-37 at halftime.

The Pacers, who have the best defense in the NBA, couldn’t contain Kevin Durant early and that opened up everything else for the Thunder.

Durant scored 14 of his 36 points in the first quarter. He finished with 10 rebounds and five assists and shot 14-for-23 from the field.

Paul George was on Durant from the beginning but it was no matter. George led the Pacers with 32 points of his own as he got going later, but it was a case of too little, too late.

The hot start allowed the Thunder to get going in all aspects of their game. They ended up shooting 61 percent from the field while holding Indiana to just 40 percent shooting. They outrebounded the Pacers 46-29 and assisted on 27 of their 47 field goals.

Russell Westbrook complimented Durant as well as he ever has. He finished with 26 points, but the 13 assists and seven rebounds were also huge for him.

Reggie Jackson chipped in with 15 points and Serge Ibaka added 13 as the Thunder improved to 15-4 on the season and 10-0 at home.

Next up for the Thunder will be Atlanta on the road Tuesday night.

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