04/13 21:16 CDT George dominates Pacers, leads Clippers to 6th straight win
George dominates Pacers, leads Clippers to 6th straight win
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) --- Paul George continued to dominate his former team by
scoring 36 points on Tuesday night, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a
126-115 victory at Indiana.
The Clippers have won six straight and 12 of 14 overall.
George also had seven rebounds and eight assists while improving to 4-0 at
Bankers Life Fieldhouse since being traded by the Pacers to Oklahoma City in
July 2017. He has topped the 30-point mark in each of the Clippers' last four
games, the last two without All-Star teammate Kawhi Leonard, who sat out with a
sore right foot.
Indiana was led by Malcolm Brogdon's 29 points. Caris LeVert scored 26 as the
Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak.
It sure didn't look as if the game would be lopsided after a topsy-turvy first
half, which included a 15-point first quarter from George amid a chorus of boos
as the Clippers led 67-65. And Los Angeles still was clinging to a 100-97
cushion after an equally entertaining third quarter.
But George made two of the first three baskets in the fourth quarter to spur
8-0 run and Indiana never recovered. Eventually, the Clippers pulled away.
Clippers: Marcus Morris Sr. had 22 points and seven rebounds. ... Ivica Zubac
had 14 points and seven rebounds, while Nicolas Batum scored 14 points and
Terance Mann had 12. ... Serge Ibaka (lower back) and Patrick Beverly (broken
bone in left hand) also sat out. ... Los Angeles is 37-5 this season when it
takes a double-digit lead. ... The Clippers have won four straight in the
Pacers: Domantis Sabonis had 20 points and 13 rebounds, his 36th double-double
this season. ... T.J. McConnell added 13 points off the bench. ... LeVert also
had six rebounds and six assists. ... Indiana is 9-16 at home this season,
putting a 31-year streak of winning records on its home court in jeopardy. ...
The Pacers played without center Myles Turner (sprained left ankle).
The Pacers paid tribute to Hall of Fame coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard with a
lengthy video tribute and a moment of silence before the national anthem. The
88-year-old Leonard died earlier Tuesday from health complications. Leonard led
the Pacers to 529 victories and three ABA championships in 12 seasons with the
Pacers and later became a popular figure as the team's longtime color
commentator on radio calls. He was respected around the league, too.
"I was very privileged to share my early professional years with Bob," Jerry
West said. "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
that I was ever associated with. ... He will be missed by all associates across
the NBA, particularly those who played and worked with him personally."
Clippers: Visit Detroit on Wednesday, the second stop of a three-game trip.
Pacers: Begin a three-game trip Wednesday at Houston.
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