Indiana Pacers (16-1) 105
Los Angeles Clippers (12-6) 100
The first game of a western swing is the one that sets the tone. If that’s the case, then the Pacers are in for some fun on this trip. It took some defense at the end of this game for the Pacers to hold off the rally by the Clippers in that fourth quarter. A quarter that the Pacers can stay strong they got outscored 26-21. This was after a great third quarter effort of 31 points. Finding that way to win has been quite the theme for the Pacers in these 17 games, and doing what they needed to do with free throws and rebounds at the end of this one, sealed the win.
The Clippers didn’t get it from their stars in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul at the end as they were only held to 2 points between the two, but instead Jamal Crawford got on his scoring run. A guy that just knows how to get hot did that to help the Clippers pull even throughout that fourth quarter.
But the Pacers used their muscle in the paint and were able to get some big baskets at the end. George Hill got fouled on a three point try. He hit all three. The offense rebounds were all on the Pacers’ side as Roy Hibbert and David West were grabbing and tipping the ball to their right guys in that fourth quarter.
David West had a great effort tonight. He goes for 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Pacers will need more of that to continue the winning ways. Roy Hibbert added 19 points and 8 rebounds. Paul George filled the stat sheet with 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. If these numbers continue for these three guys, just watch out.
Too bad, this wasn’t a national game for everyone to see. People could have got a taste of the Pacers and their now 7 game win streak. Their seventh win on the road. One of the few wins against a top team. If you wanted a “signature” victory, this is a nice one to have. The road won’t get any easier tomorrow as the Pacers go against the Portland Trailblazers, a surprisingly 13-13 record barring tonight’s game against the Lakers. Get that first win out of the way on this western trip and now let’s get another tomorrow night.