NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 10th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (2-2) at Indiana Pacers (4-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers attempt to start a season with five straight wins for the first time since joining the NBA in 1976, as they host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.
On Tuesday, Jermaine O'Neal poured in a team-high 22 points and Stephen Jackson added 21, as Indiana hung on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 102-101, at the Target Center.
Jamaal Tinsley collected 18 points with six assists and Fred Jones contributed 14 points for Indiana, which has started the season with four straight wins for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign. Scot Pollard chipped in with eight points and 11 boards for the Pacers, who nearly blew a 19-point lead.
Ron Artest did not play last night despite taking pre- game warmups. He sat out the game with what the team dubbed a coach's decision. Artest is also expected to miss tonight's contest as well.
The Pacers won their only contest at home this season, as they defeated the Chicago Bulls, 100-90, on November 6th.
The Clippers found themselves on the wrong end of a 99-96 double-overtime decision against the defending champion Detroit Pistons on Monday at the Staples Center. Corey Maggette netted 25 points and grabbed a career-best 19 boards, but his desperation three at the buzzer in the second overtime was no good.
Chris Wilcox ended with 24 points in the loss to the Pistons, including seven down the stretch in regulation to keep the Clippers close. Elton Brand, who played through an injured finger, chipped in 21 with four blocked shots. LA turned the ball over 27 times, resulting in 30 Detroit points.
LA, which starts a three-game road trip tonight, is 1-1 on the road this season.. The Clippers will also visit the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls on the swing.
In 2003-04, Indiana swept its two meetings with the Clippers. Overall, the Pacers have won five straight and seven of the last eight contests in this series.
The Clippers have also lost 11 straight at Indiana. The Clippers last win at Indiana was on January 8, 1992.
11/10 10:21:39 ET