Game #42 | January 18, 2014
Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Indianapolis, IN
But the league-best Indiana Pacers put the clamps on the Clippers’ offense and their five-game winning streak, pulling away late in the first quarter and never allowing the Clippers to truly get back in the game.
The 106-92 loss at a charged up Bankers Life Fieldhouse was the first for the Clippers on their seven-game Grammy road trip and just their second in eight consecutive games without injured superstar Chris Paul.
“Obviously, the circumstance weren’t great,” Blake Griffin said. “But, again, you can’t make excuses. Every team has injuries. Every team has to play off of a back-to-back. I wasn’t really pleased with how we competed tonight.”
Griffin had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists, but he shot just 6-for-18 from the field. DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 17 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the year. And Jamal Crawford added a team-high 22 points off the bench.
The Clippers (28-14) grabbed a 15-10 lead in the first six minutes, looking as though the offense picked up where it left off Friday night in New York when they scored 59 second-half points in a 109-94 win over the Knicks. But the Pacers (32-7), who own the league’s best statistical defense, scored 23 of the next 26 points and never looked back.
The juxtaposition from their opening possessions to the way the game unfolded seemed to frustrate Head Coach Doc Rivers.
“We were executing,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s amazing. Alvin [Gentry] and especially Ty [Lue] don’t go off much, but at halftime they were furious. We showed them how to play against them. We did it for six minutes and then it just goes away. There’s no explanation for that.”
As the game progressed, Rivers said, the Clippers played into the Pacers’ hands. Wing players were funneled to Indiana’s wall protecting the rim and continued take their chances driving to the basket.
“It was a combination of both offense and defense,” said Darren Collison, who had 10 points and four assists. “Offensively, we moved the ball and we flowed so much better. We did let it kind of get away from us.”
Still, the Clippers gradually chipped away at Indiana’s lead. The Pacers were without David West in second half after he was ejected for a flagrant foul 2 as the halftime buzzer sounded for elbowing Griffin near the head as the two got tangled up under the basket. West’s absence and foul trouble for Luis Scola and Roy Hibbert weakened Indiana’s front line.
And when Crawford made a runner with 10:28 to go the Clippers drew to 81-72. But back-to-back layups by Lance Stephenson, who scored 22 points with 12 rebounds and seven assists, opened the floodgates and the Pacers stormed away, putting the game away with a 10-0 run that shortly thereafter forced Rivers to empty the bench.
“I think we cut it to nine and with a great defensive team like that and the way they were playing offensively, we made a few turnovers in a row and gave them momentum,” Matt Barnes said. “We gave the crowd an opportunity to get back in the game and the next thing you know it went from nine to 20.”
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Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers on the game:
“We didn’t play well at all. Give them credit. I thought their defense really rushed us. We talked about how they tried to channel you into their bigs and we kept falling for it over and over again. We just didn’t execute offensively.”
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford on playing against the Pacers’ top-ranked defense:
“Against a team like that you have to stay kind of disciplined and stay executing the whole time. Unfortunately in the NBA, every team goes through it at some point. We’ve been playing some really good basketball. So we’re not going to let this deter us from our goal. But tonight was one of those nights we didn’t execute fully and we paid the price for it.”
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel on the Clippers:
“The Clippers give you a great deal of anxiety with their ability to shoot the three and a lob game. Our guys really got after it. I was really happy with how we played this whole home stand. We have to take it on the road now.”
Clippers guard Darren Collison on whether or not fatigue was a factor in the loss:
“No, that’s part of the game. Back-to-backs, you’ve got to be ready to play. We played well in spurts but we didn’t have it for the whole 48 minutes.”
Clippers forward Blake Griffin on if games like this can be used a measuring stick:
“Absolutely. The Pacers are arguably the best team. They’re playing the best right now. You look to play well against teams like this. Obviously, the circumstances weren’t great, but we can’t make excuses because every team has injuries, every team has to play off of a back-to-back. I wasn’t really please with how we competed tonight.”
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By: Ben Haber | Follow @HaberBen
The Grammy road trip presents plenty of challenges for the Clippers, and Saturday against the Pacers is arguably the toughest. The seven-game stint outside of Los Angeles started off ideally for the Clippers, cruising by the New York Knicks 109-95. The Pacers (31-7) currently hold the best record in the NBA. The Clippers (28-13) head into Bankers Life Fieldhouse trying to hand Indiana its second home loss of the season. Paul George and Co. are 20-1 in their own arena – their sole loss was against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 16. Both teams are surging as of late, as the Clippers have won five straight, and the Pacers prevailed in their past three outings.
BLAKE GRIFFIN VS. DAVID WEST
- The Clippers are now 6-1 without superstar Chris Paul. Since Paul got injured, Darren Collison has filled the void valiantly, exactly like he did back in their shared stint in New Orleans. Collison is posting 16.4 points, 6.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds in seven starts without him.
- The Pacers are 20-1 at home and can’t afford to slip up again to beat the all-time record. The 1985-86 Boston Celtics went 40-1 inside Boston Garden.
The Clippers are 4-5 this season on the second game of back-to-backs. All five losses have come on the road… DeAndre Jordan and Hibbert hold down two of the three best marks for blocked shots per game… The Clippers are 10-10 on the road… They have never won more than four games on a Grammy road trip… The Pacers are 20-2 when they outscore their opponent in the paint, something they did against the Clippers in their win on Dec. 1… Lance Stephenson leads the NBA with three triple-doubles this year… The Clippers are 17-0 when they make at least nine 3-pointers. The Pacers allow the fewest (5.6 makes) in the league…
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Jamal Crawford: “We can battle adversity. Chris [Paul] is one of the better players in the league. He’s an MVP candidate and he’s so important to what we do because he has the ball in his hands so much. For us, we have to continue to lean on each other, trust the system. We play well together. Doc [Rivers] doesn’t ever want us to make excuses so we won’t.”
LAC: Chris Paul (shoulder) continues to be sidelined.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY
All-Time: 20-49 (Home: 21-18, Road: 8-31)
Road Streak: Won 1
Largest Margin of Victory:
Jan. 18, 2014 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
LAST TIME OUT