Pacers move to 16-1 with 105-100 win over Clippers

Pacers move to 16-1 with 105-100 win over Clippers
December 1, 2013, 4:45 pm
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David West (24 points, 12 rebounds) outplayed Blake Griffin (16 points, 12 rebounds) in the Pacers' victory over the Clippers. (USATI)

LOS ANGELES -- David West scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds, Paul George had 27 points, and the league-leading Indiana Pacers improved their best start in franchise history to 16-1 with a 105-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Roy Hibbert added 19 points to the Pacers' seventh straight win.

Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 20 points. Chris Paul had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Blake Griffin scored 16 and pulled down 12 rebounds - equaling teammate DeAndre Jordan's total.

The defending Pacific Division champion Clippers played their first game since finding out that J.J. Redick will be sidelined six to eight weeks because of a broken bone in his shooting hand and a ligament tear in his right elbow.

Redick will be re-evaluated on Monday by hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin to determine what further course of treatment will be necessary. His injuries, which occurred in Friday night's 104-98 overtime win at Sacramento, complicated things even more for the Clippers with reserve forward Matt Barnes missing his sixth straight game due to an eye injury.

Los Angeles used the same starting lineup in each of its first 16 games before Paul sat out Friday's game with a right hamstring strain. Rivers opted to continue using Jamal Crawford off the bench despite his 31-point outing at Sacramento, so Willie Green started in Redick's place and scored only two points in 15 minutes.

West capped a 13-3 run with an 18-footer and two free throws to give the Pacers their biggest lead, 74-60, with 4:48 left in the third. Los Angeles closed to 93-89 on Jordan's dunk off an alley-oop lob from backup point guard Darren Collison with 7:12 to play.

Collison then hit an 18-footer and made one of two free throws before Crawford intercepted a pass by George Hill and set up a fast-break dunk by Collison that tied the score at 94-all with 4:52 remaining. But Hill responded with a three-point play, then sank three free throws with 3:04 left for a 100-96 margin after Collison fouled him on a three-point attempt.

Another alley-oop dunk by Jordan pulled the Clippers within 102-100 with 1:05 to go, and they had a chance to tie it again after a missed 3-point shot by Lance Stephenson at the other end. But Paul missed a 15-footer that rattled around the rim, and the Pacers made three of four free throws in the final 6.9 seconds to put it away.

George powered the Pacers to a 53-47 halftime lead with 18 points. The Clippers trailed by 11 late in the first quarter before taking their only lead, 41-40, on a dunk by Griffin with 3:05 left in the half.

NOTES: The Pacers began a five-game road trip that includes matchups with the top-four teams in the Western Conference - including Portland, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. ... The Clippers start a seven-game trip on Wednesday night, all against teams that don't have a winning record. ... The Pacers blocked four shots, increasing their NBA-best total to 125. Hibbert leads the league with 61. ... The Pacers, who came in averaging 19.4 points off turnovers, converted 12 Clippers turnovers into 17 points.

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