NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, November 27th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (7-4) at Los Angeles Clippers (9-3), 3:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams that will try and get back on the winning track meet this afternoon, as the surprising Los Angeles Clippers welcome the Indiana Pacers to the Staples Center.
Indiana begins a five-game road trip today. On Friday, Al Harrington scored 17 points, including several key shots down the stretch to beat his old team, as the Atlanta Hawks stunned the Pacers, 87-85, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
All-Star Jermaine O'Neal scored a game-high 30 points in the loss to the Hawks for Indiana, but struggled down the stretch without teammate Ron Artest. Artest missed the game with a bruised right wrist. Sarunas Jasikevicius contributed 14 points off the bench for the Pacers, who finished a four-game homestand with a 3-1 record.
Artest and forward Jonathan Bender (knee) are questionable for today's contest for the Pacers.
The Pacers are 2-2 on the road this season. They will also visit Utah, Portland, Phoenix and Seattle on the current road trip. Indiana has lost its last two road contests.
The Clippers come into today's game with a perfect 5-0 record as the host this season. On Friday, Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Clippers, 105-95, at the Pepsi Center.
Corey Maggette's 22 points led Los Angeles, which had a four-game win streak halted despite having all five starters score in double figures, during the loss to Denver. Elton Brand added 20 points and 11 boards and Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points for the Clippers, who got only nine points from their reserves and fell for just the third time in 12 games this season.
LA led 52-51 after two quarters, but the Nuggets opened the second half with a 13-2 run to take the lead for good. DerMarr Johnson's three- pointer started the run and Kenyon Martin had six points during the burst, which gave the Nuggets a 10-point lead with just over three minutes gone in the third quarter.
The Clippers later got within 74-71 on a pair of Mobley free throws with under 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the third, but that was as close as LA would get.
Brand leads the Clippers in scoring (23.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg), while veteran Sam Cassell has dished out a team-best 7.6 assists per game.
This is the first of two meetings between the teams. The Pacers are scheduled to host the Clippers on December 21st at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Clippers have won two straight in this series. Indiana has won three of its last five at the Clippers.
11/27 10:13:28 ET