Two of the best teams in the NBA faced each other in a thrilling encounter at the Staples Center, and the game lived up to the expectations.
The Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers travelled to Los Angeles to take on Los Angeles Clippers, and even though the team led by Frank Vogel had a 10-point lead going into the final quarter, the Clippers rallied back. In the end, however, Indiana held their lead to come out on top after a thrilling 105-100 win.
The Pacers had a solid performance on the offensive side of the ball and despite some unbalanced scoring, four players ended up with double-digit points. Paul George led the Pacers and all scorers in the game with 27 points and six rebounds, as he showed once again that he’s capable of leading the team on both ends of the floor, even in crunch time.
The Clippers, on the other hand, weren’t able to click until late in the game as they sparked a late rally in the fourth quarter. Led by Chris Paul’s double-double (17 points and 10 assists) and Jamal Crawford’s solid production with 20 points off the bench, the Clippers got as close as two points with less than a minute left in the clock.
But, the Pacers showed why they’re one of the elite defensive teams in the league as they made some key stops and were effective to close out the game.
It’s a huge win for the Pacers as they now maintain the best record in the NBA going into the final month of the year. The team led by Paul George has shown an ability to dominate the East, but if they’re able to be successful against the Western Conference, they need to be considered as a serious threat to win the title once it’s all said and done.