Player of the Game
ROY HIBBERT
Second-year center came off the bench to provide an offensive spark, scoring 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, adding four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in 25 minutes.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy +1 +2
Ford -16 -86 Foster -12 -11
Granger -9 -58 Hansbrough -1 -55
Head DNP +35 Hibbert -2 -22
D. Jones -19 -44 S. Jones DNP -30
McRoberts DNP -14 Murphy -17 -112
Price DNP +7 Rush -5 -20
Watson 0 -18
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Clippers 36, Pacers 30
  • Fast-break points: Clippers 14, Pacers 10
  • Second-chance points: Clippers 20, Pacers 2
  • Points off turnovers: Clippers 22, Pacers 19
  • Starters scoring: Clippers 69, Pacers 34
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 38, Clippers 19
  • Stat of the Night
    In back-to-back losses to the Jazz and Clippers, the Pacers were outrebounded 111-72 and outscored 34-3 on second-chance points.
    Noteworthy
  • Danny Granger left the game early in the third quarter after aggravating his right heel injury. On a drive, Granger pulled up lame, lost the ball and fell to the floor. He headed immediately to the locker room and did not return.
  • Granger failed to make at least one 3-pointer, snapping his streak at 20 games, which was the second-longest active streak in the league.
  • After sticking with the same five for two games, Jim O'Brien tweaked the lineup once again, inserting Jeff Foster for Roy Hibbert at center. It's the seventh lineup in 18 games for the Pacers.
  • Foster left the game briefly in the third quarter after being hit in the nose, but returned later in the period.
  • Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy, who recently picked up his 600th career victory, coached his 1,300th NBA game. It was the 19th time he's coached against his son and he has a (WAS12-6) record.
  • Though Indianapolis native Eric Gordon was questionable after missing the Clippers' previous game with a sore hamstring, he not only played but started.
  • The Pacers faced well-rested opponents in each of the final three games of their road trip. The Clippers had two days off, the Jazz three days off and the Kings two days off.
  • Up Next
    The Pacers return home and get a few days off before facing Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    Granger injured as Pacers lose in L.A.


    END RESULT
    Sometimes when a star player goes down, his team rallies and compensates unexpectedly well in his absence. Other times, his loss leaves a void that cannot be filled. For the Pacers, the latter was the case Saturday.

    After Danny Granger left the game early in the third quarter when he aggravated the right heel injury that has bothered him since training camp, the Pacers managed 10 baskets in the final 22 minutes and lost 88-72 to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

    IMPACT
    It remains to be seen how much time, if any, Granger will miss with the injury but with three days off before the next game Wednesday at home against Portland, he will have some time to recover.

    The Pacers (6-12) lost their fifth straight, sixth on the road and ninth in 10 games overall. They also went winless on a road trip of at least four games for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Clippers (9-11) won for the fifth time in seven games.

    TURNING POINTS
    Though the Clippers dominated the boards 33-17 in the first half, they shot just 33 percent and committed 15 turnovers and thus the Pacers trailed by just two (51-49) at the break.

    Granger's injury early in the third quarter seemed to sap the Pacers, who committed 10 turnovers in the period as the Clippers began to pull away, taking a 63-56 lead into the fourth. It was 70-62 with 8½ minutes left when the Pacers had their best opportunity.

    Indiana scored six in a row to close to 70-68 and were in the penalty for the final 7:28 of the game. Instead of taking advantage of that, however, the Pacers wouldn't get to the line again until the outcome was long since decided and it was the Clippers that made the move, scoring 11 in a row to break it open.

    The dagger shot in that run was a long shot-clock buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Baron Davis that banked in, pushing the lead to 77-68 with 3:45 left. The Pacers went more than five minutes without a basket down the stretch and shot 4-of-17 in the fourth quarter.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    The Pacers shot .375 overall, were 5-of-21 from the arc, committed 21 turnovers and were outrebounded 58-34. Troy Murphy was the high scorer with 13, adding nine rebounds. Roy Hibbert had 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks off the bench. Granger finished with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting and five rebounds. Mike Dunleavy scored 10. Earl Watson had nine assists and four steals but committed five turnovers.

    All five Clippers starters scored in double figures, bled by Al Thornton's 19. Chris Kaman had 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Marcus Camby had 12 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Davis had 12 points and Eric Gordon 10.