(Photo: Mark J. Terrill)
The Los Angeles Clippers led by as many as 20 points against the Indiana Pacers at nearly blew that led late in the game. The Pacers cut the lead down to 2 points (98-96) at the 2 minute mark in the 4th quarter with a Lavoy Allen jumper; however, Clippers scored the next 5 points and held the Pacers scoreless the rest of the way, holding on to a 103-96 victory.
The victory is the 9th straight for the Clippers which is the the 2nd longest current winning streak in the NBA, behind only the Golden State Warrior who have won 14 in a row.
During the 9 game winning streak the Clippers have been overwhelming their opponents. The Clippers are averaging 112.9 points per game, shooting 50.5 percent as a team and winning by an average margin of 15.8 points all of which rank 1st in the NBA during that 9 game span.
Chris Paul scored 17 points and a game high 15 assists on the night. Paul talked about the Clippers losing their big lead after the game.
“The key was that we didn’t get rattled,” Paul stated. “We don’t want to lose leads of 15 or 20 points, but in an 82-game season, it’s going to happen. The important thing is we still got the win.”
DeAndre Jordan had another monster rebounding game, pulling down 19 on the night while chipping with 12 points and 3 blocks. Jordan is averaging 14.2 rebounds per game during the Clippers current 9 game winning streak.
Blake Griffin followed up his 45 point performance with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Griffin had been the hottest of the Clippers during the 9 game streak, averaging 25.7 points and shooting 53.7 percent from the field.
Jamal Crawford led the Clippers in scoring with 18 points off the bench.
The Indiana Pacers were led in scoring by reserve CJ Miles who scored a game high 30 points. Lavoy Allen got significant playing time due to Hibbert being plagued with foul trouble in the game. Allen played 36 minutes off the bench, scoring 14 points on 7 for 11 from the field.
The Clippers are now 16-5 on the year and move into a tie for 4th place in the Western Conference with the Houston Rockets.
The Clippers move on to Washington D.C. where they will face the Wizards on Friday.