INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George continued to dominate his former team by scoring 36 points Tuesday night and leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 126-115 win in Indiana.
The Clippers have won six times in a row and twelve times a total of 14 times.
George also had seven rebounds and eight assists as he improved to 4-0 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since being traded to Oklahoma City by the Pacers in July 2017. the last two without All-Star teammate Kawhi Leonard, who was sitting outside with a sore right foot.
Indiana was led by Malcolm Brogdon’s 29 points. Caris LeVert scored 26 when the Pacers suffered a three-game loss.
It sure didn’t look likelike the game went wrong after an upside-down first half, which included a 15-point first quarter from George in the middle of a chorus as the Clippers led 67-65. And Los Angeles was still clinging to a 100-97 pillow after an equally entertaining third quarter.
But George made two of the first three hoops in the fourth quarter to push the 8-0 run and Indiana never bounced back. Eventually the Clippers withdrew.
Clippers: Marcus Morris Sr. had 22 points and seven rebounds. … Ivica Zubac had 14 points and seven rebounds, while Nicolas Batum had 14 points and Terance Mann had 12.… Serge Ibaka (lower back) and Patrick Beverly (broken bone in the left hand) also sat out. … Los Angeles is 37-5 this season,when it has a double-digit lead. … The Clippers have won the Indiana Series four times in a row.
Pacers: Domantis Sabonis had 20 points and 13 rebounds, his 36th double-double that season. … TJ McConnell added 13 points off the bench. … LeVert also had six rebounds and six assists. … Indiana is at home at 9:16 this season, putting a 31-year success story at risk on his home pitch. … The Pacers played without center Myles Turner (sprained left ankle).
The Pacers paid tribute to Hall of Fame trainer Bobby “Slick” Leonard with a lengthy video tribute and a moment of silence before the national anthem. The 88-year-old Leonard died the previous Tuesday of health complications.Leonard led the Pacers to 529 wins and three ABA championships in 12 seasons with the Pacers, and later became a popular character as the team’s longtime color commentator on radio calls. He was also respected in the league.
“I had the great privilege of sharing my early years with Bob,” said Jerry West. “He was so helpful and encouraging to me and I will always remember how kind and generous he was to me. He was one of the most competitive players I’ve ever been associated with. … He will be missed by everyone in the NBA, especially those who have played and worked with him personally. “
Clippers: Visit Detroit on Wednesday, the second stop on a three-game trip.
Pacers:Start a three-game journey in Houston on Wednesday.
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