Making his first appearance of the season, the second-year forward played 14½ minutes and scored four points, adding four rebounds and three assists.
"In order for us to get into a running game, you have to get stops, and you can't give up 13 offensive rebounds and you can't send the other team to the foul line 35 times."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 24, Clippers 24
  • Fast-break points: Clippers 6, Pacers 3
  • Second-chance points: Clippers 12, Pacers 8
  • Points off turnovers: Clippers 15, Pacers 14
  • Starters scoring: Clippers 85, Pacers 57
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 32, Clippers 19
  • The Pacers had to score eight straight points in the final minute of the first period to maintain their record of never trailing at the end of any period this season but it came to a halt when they were outscored 32-14 in the third period, after which the Clippers built an 87-72 lead.
    The Pacers hit the road to face Emeka Okafor and the Bobcats on Friday in Charlotte (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WIBC AM-1070).
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    So much for the perfect record

    By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 7, 2007

    Two unbeaten teams with high-powered offenses clashed for the second time this week in Indianapolis but, this time, there was a little something missing.

    Like, for example, one of the unbeaten teams.

    Unable to knock down shots either in quality or quantity, the Pacers were overwhelmed by Sam Cassell and the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 Wednesday night before 10,122 in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers (3-1) last for the first time in four games while the Clippers (4-0) remained undefeated.

    "The Clippers really played a great game of basketball with people banged-up," said Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien. "Sam Cassell was fantastic. He’s an awful tough guard. I’ve seen him put up big points over the years. He’s a load to handle when he’s on like he was tonight."

    Indiana shot 38.6 percent overall but a woeful 27 percent in the second half. While the Pacers couldn't hit, Cassell couldn't miss. The 37-year-old point guard dominated his matchup with Jamaal Tinsley and nearly scored his age, racking up 35 points on 13-of-20 shooting while adding eight assists and two steals. Tinsley produced just three points, two assists and three turnovers.

    Granger led the Pacers with 16 but shot 6-of-17 and committed five turnovers. Mike Dunleavy scored 15 with eight rebounds but fell to 5-11 in career matchups against teams coached by his father. Jermaine O'Neal, his playing time still restricted by the team's medical staff until he regains full conditioning, scored 13 with five rebounds and five assists.

    "I thought we had a lot of great looks but we just missed shots," O'Brien said. " I don't think our shot selection was necessarily bad, we just couldn't knock them down and they beat us up on the boards."

    The Pacers were outrebounded 53-40 by a Clippers team missing its premier big man, injured power forward Elton Brand. Center Chris Kaman filled the void nicely with 15 points and 22 rebounds, one short of his career high.

    “We got good looks but we missed a lot of the shots that we normally make," said Granger. "You can’t win a game shooting that way and getting outrebounded. We couldn’t fast break because we couldn’t get stops. I think we had a lack of concentration and focus on the game plan and didn’t execute. They played well.”

    The announced attendance was the smallest for the Pacers in Conseco Fieldhouse history. The previous low was 12,258 last Feb. 25 against Sacramento.

    "People are not going to come back after three or four games," said Jeff Foster. "We have to prove ourselves on the court and off the court to get people back in here."

    The Pacers led 58-55 at the break but the Clippers took control in the third period, outscoring the home team 32-14. Cassell scored seven in a 12-0 run that pushed the visitors' lead to 80-67 and the deficit remained in double digits the rest of the night.

  • Ike Diogu, out 4-6 weeks with a strained left calf muscle, joined Courtney Sims and Stephen Graham on the Pacers' inactive list.
  • Troy Murphy and Shawne Williams, who both missed the first three games, returned to action.
  • Former Pacers reserve Josh Powell was on the Clippers' inactive list along with Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston.
  • The Clippers lost starting shooting guard Cuttino Mobley to a groin injury in the first quarter.