If you wanted some extra energy to get you through the rest of the week, you got it in the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers game tonight. Playing without Roy Hibbert after the tussle with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, the Pacers came out with energy to a sold-out crowd in the Fieldhouse. It was hard-fought, but the Clippers came out with a 99-91 victory.
The beginning of the game was rough for the Clippers, to say the least. The Clippers shot 0% from the 3-point line in the first quarter…yes, you read that right. And they weren’t so impressive on defense either, allowing the Pacers to shoot almost 53% from the field and 60% from 3-point line, specifically.
But there were a few things that kept the Pacers at bay. For one, the Clippers established their game in the paint, outscoring the Pacers 50-32 down low. Another was the Pacers’ own fault– the number of turnovers they committed was just absolutely nuts. In the first half alone, they turned the ball over 15 times, resulting in 17 points for the Clippers. They tightened up the game a bit in the end, but still ended up with 20 turnovers overall.
For the Clippers, Chris Paul led the team with 29 points and 8 assists. Jamal Crawford followed with 23 points, and Blake Griffin put up 18 points and 14 rebounds.
For the Pacers, David West led the team with 22 points. Paul George followed with 20 points, and Lance Stephenson contributed 16 points and 7 rebounds.
The Clippers continue on their road trip to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night. It should be a good game, as the Cavs beat the Clippers in a close game in November.