NBA Scores- Chris Paul and Clippers Take down Hot Pacers Thursday night


NBA Scores Clippers 99, Pacers 91: Chris Paul scored 29 points and Jamal Crawford added 23 as visiting Los Angeles snapped Indiana’s five-game winning streak.

NBA ScoresBlake Griffin chipped in 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Clippers won their third straight despite losing center DeAndre Jordan five minutes in to a bloody nose. X-rays were negative and Jordan returned for the stretch run.

Playing without suspended center Roy Hibbert, the Pacers committed 20 turnovers, including 15 in the first half. David West led five players in double figures with 22 points.

Griffin scored 10 points in the third quarter when Los Angeles turned a 49-47 halftime lead into a 76-69 advantage entering the fourth. Crawford started and finished a 15-5 run to open the final frame, scoring with 5:37 left to make it 91-74.

Paul George, who had 20 points, scored eight points during a quick 13-0 outburst that got Indiana within 91-87 with 2:45 left, but Paul scored eight straight Clippers points down the stretch to help fend off the charge.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Since winning 15 straight at home, the Pacers have lost three of their last seven at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. … Indiana SF Danny Granger had his best game since returning from a knee injury last weekend, scoring 12 points in 19 minutes off the bench. … Crawford missed the Clippers’ previous game to be with his wife, who had given birth to a baby girl. Fellow reserve G Eric Bledsoe also returned after sitting out one game with a calf injury.

After the Pacers raced back into the game late with an improbable 13-0 run, Paul went on one of his own by recording the Clippers’ last eight points to slam the door on Indiana’s comeback.

MVP: Chris Paul. See the weakness, exploit the weakness. Without Roy Hibbert on the floor for Indiana, Paul carved up a typically tough defense for 29 points and eight assists.

X factor: Turnovers. The Pacers could have built a huge lead in the first half with the Clippers going 1 for 14 from behind the arc, but instead they coughed up their chance by turning the ball over 15 times.


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