NBA Game Summary - Indiana at LA Clippers
(Saturday, March 3rd)
Final Score: LA Clippers 87, Indiana 64
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Maggette scored 20 points, Elton Brand finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the LA Clippers topped the ice-cold Indiana Pacers, 87-64. The 64-point effort was a record low output for the Pacers, falling just under the previous low of 65.
Chris Kaman had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers, who have won four of five.
Jamaal Tinsley was the only player to hit double-figures for Indiana with 16 points. Mike Dunleavy, in a matchup against his father, Mike Dunleavy Sr., the head coach of the Clippers, scored eight points and grabbed seven boards for the Pacers, who lost their fifth straight, and eighth in 11 games.
Indiana missed its first 12 shots of the fourth quarter, and trailed by as many as 33 points, at 80-47, after a jumper by Clippers reserve Yaroslav Korolev with 4:57 left. The Pacers were on a pace to shatter the team record- low at that point, but managed to score 17 points in the final 4:57 of regulation.
"I was pleased with our defense, we did a great job," said Dunleavy Sr. "We double teamed well, our rotation was excellent, everybody played well."
Indiana did not score more than 18 points in any quarter, shot just 35.7 percent from the field, and made only 4-of-17 three-pointers. Indiana also struggled from the free-throw line, making only 10-of-19.
"We struggled in every area," said Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle. "We had good looks but they didn't go. We just have to keep working hard."
The 13-point Clippers halftime advantage held throughout the third quarter, with a Kaman tip-in in the final seconds sending Los Angeles into the final 12 minutes ahead 63-46.
The Clippers did not take advantage of the cold-shooting Pacers in the first quarter, and only led 20-17 entering the second quarter.
The Pacers offense only managed 13 points in the second stanza, and Indiana trailed 43-30 at the half.
The Pacers previous low of 65 points was set and tied in 2004, with both games coming against the Detroit Pistons...The 65 points also was the lowest total by a Clippers opponent... The Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Pacers.
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