Indiana Pacers: Paul George Annihilates His Hometown Team
Sometimes, players come into their respective league with a chip on their shoulder from their hometown team passing them up in the draft. Lance Stephenson has made it a point to have his best games against the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets, and George made sure to make his favorite team suffer for passing him up.
George scored 36 points and shut the lights off on the Clippers with this emphatic 360 windmill dunk in the fourth quarter.
Beating the Pacers at home has become a nearly impossible task for their opponents. The Clippers lost by 14, which was the second lowest loss-margin for an opponent at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this month.
Blake Griffin has been the Clippers’ savior since Chris Paul went down and last night was no different, except the Pacers kept him in check. Griffin led the Clippers with 19 points and eight rebounds, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 17 rebounds — almost half of the team’s total rebounds — and sharpshooter Jamal Crawford went 2-of-7 from three-point range but finished with 22 points.
The Pacers led by 16 at half and felt the loss of David West early in the second half. West was ejected at halftime after receiving a Flagrant two foul for elbowing Griffin in the head. The Clippers took advantage of West’s ejection and Luis Scola’s foul trouble to get within nine, but the Pacers went on a 10-0 run to put the game away.
With the win, the Pacers moved to 32-7, 21-1 at home, and maintained the league’s best record. Indiana now heads out west for a five-game trip that includes the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns. The road has been the Pacers’ downfall this season — 11-6 record — so coming back with a 3-2 record would be considered a solid trip.