L.A. Clippers 102, Indiana 68
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 10 (Ticker) --
The Indiana Pacers were looking for a
first. The Los Angeles Clippers accomplished one.
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had 19 points and a season-high 16 rebounds as the
Clippers rolled to a 102-68 victory over the shorthanded Pacers,
who suffered the worst home loss in franchise history.
The win was the first for Los Angeles in six tries at Conseco
Fieldhouse and prevented the depleted and drained Pacers from
starting 5-0 for the first time since joining the NBA in 1976.
"This is a big win, a big win," said Brand. "A lot of our guys
think that we should be 4-1 right now, but we're not. We had to
put the last game behind us (a double-overtime loss to Detroit)
and move on and I think we did that. Anytime you can come into
Indiana and get a win like this, we'll take it."
Indiana played without star forward Ron Artest
, averaging over
24 points per game, for a second straight night because of what
Indiana coach Rick Carlisle called "a situation that compromised
the integrity of the team."
The Pacers were also without starting center Scot Pollard
with a sore back, and forward Jonathan Bender
, who checked into
the locker room feeling ill. They also were coming off a
hard-fought 102-101 victory at Minnesota on Tuesday.
In addition, Pacers All-Star forward Jermaine O'Neal
game in the third period after aggravating a left foot injury.
"We certainly didn't play well and didn't play with the kind of
energy we needed to," Carlisle said. "You just take the hit. It
was a bad hit, an embarrassing loss. Shorthanded or not, you
never look for excuses or wait around for this situation."
The Pacers jumped out to a 12-4 lead just over four minutes into
the first period but managed just 15 points in the rest of the
first half. In the second period, the Clippers outscored the
Pacers, 31-7, limiting them to 2-of-16 shooting.
Both the period and half totals were the lowest in Indiana
franchise history. Its previous worst home loss was a 32-point
setback to Portland on Jan. 23, 1985.
continued his surprisingly strong start with 18
points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Clippers, who are 2-1 on the
road after going 10-31 away from home last season. A
defensive-minded journeyman, Simmons scored 30 points in the
opener against Seattle and is averaging 16.6 points on 64
"Well, it was a great win for us, even though they were
short-handed with Artest out and O'Neal down," Clippers coach
Mike Dunleavy said. "Our guys did a great job on defense. We've
had three to four good defensive games. We have a great group of
guys and each one comes out and does better than the last
scored 15 points for Indiana, which had a
12-game home winning streak against the Clippers snapped.
"It was one of those nights where nothing that we tried worked,"
said Jackson. "It wasn't so much of us being a bad team; they
were a good team tonight. We just have to say, 'We lost by 34
points in the fifth game of the season ... so what?'"