Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers squared off tonight in a highly anticipated match-up between one of the best teams in the Western Conference and the best team in the Eastern Conference. These teams have been two of the hottest teams since the beginning of 2014, but the Pacers were the better team this evening. Despite David West getting ejected at halftime due to an altercation with Blake Griffin, the Pacers were able to hold on to a 106-92 win.
Jamal Crawford came off the bench to lead the Clippers in scoring with 22 points. He shot just 7-18 from the floor, but did cash in all six of his free-throw attempts. Blake Griffin scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss, but was also locked down for the most part. The Clippers did get a very nice game from DeAndre Jordan, who scored 12 points to go along with 17 rebounds. Darren Collison was the only other double digit scorer for the Clippers with 10 points.
Paul George had yet another huge game for the Indiana Pacers, scoring 36 points on 12-17 shooting, including 5-6 from behind the three-point arc. George also put down a nasty dunk in the fourth quarter as the Pacers were pulling away that will be on the highlight reels for years to come. The Pacers also received another big game from rising star Lance Stephenson, who scored 22 points, while also grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Both Danny Granger (12) and C.J. Watson (11) came off the bench to round out the double figure scorers for the Pacers.
Overall, this was a big win for the Pacers and they certainly made a statement. They improved to 32-7 with the win and showed that there truly are two stars in Indianapolis. The Clippers have some work to do, but a lot of it has to do with star point guard Chri Paul being out due to injury. Los Angeles fell to a 28-14 record following the loss. These two teams will definitely be contenders as the season continues, but this was certainly an eye opening win for Indiana.