Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Live Score and Analysis

Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

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The Indiana Pacers keep finding ways to win.

On Sunday night, Paul George scored 27 points and David West posted 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Pacers topped the Los Angeles Clippers, 105-100.

Indiana led for most of the contest, and it built a 14-point lead in the third quarter. The Clippers would storm back thanks to an outstanding effort from their bench, spearheaded by 20 points from Jamal Crawford.

However, the failure to secure a rebound over the final 25 seconds led to Los Angeles' demise in this one.

With Indy in possession of the ball and up two with 25 seconds to go, George drove the lane and missed a layup. Roy Hibbert then missed a tip-in. Then he missed another. Then he tipped it out, and Lance Stephenson was fouled.

Stephenson split a pair of free throws, missing the second. Guess who got the rebound? Yup. The Pacers, and George Hill was then put on the line where he iced the game with two freebies with 4.6 seconds left.

Both teams shot 44 percent, but the 50-41 rebounding edge by Indiana ended up being the difference.

Let's analyze the keys to this game.


David West Abused Blake Griffin

In the third quarter, Blake Griffin began to irritate West. That was when the Pacers big man elevated his game to another level.

West torched Griffin to the tune of 14 points in the third period, bullying the younger player inside and schooling him with a variety of post moves and jumpers.

Any time Indiana needed a bucket in the third, West was there.

The forward shot 11-of-22 from the floor, and six of the 12 boards he grabbed were on the offensive end.

Plus, he never allowed Griffin to get into a rhythm, holding him to 16 points off 6-of-13 shooting.

Blake learned a lesson on Sunday afternoon.


Paul George Dominated Throughout

When is George not dominant anymore?

The wiry forward scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half, knocking down threes, getting to the basket and scoring in transition.

He wasn't terribly efficient, shooting only 10-of-23, but he certainly left his imprint on this game and used Jared Dudley for most of the contest.

The versatile George also hauled in six rebounds and handed out five assists.


Clippers Missed J.J. Redick

It might be rough for the Clippers without J.J. Redick over the next two months or so.

Clearly, L.A. had a lot of trouble spreading the floor, allowing Indiana's defense to eliminate driving lanes for Chris Paul and to do a better job of taking away backdoor cuts from Griffin by providing appropriate help.

Dudley only got off one three-pointer in this one, and as a team, the Clips shot 4-of-15 from downtown.

Los Angeles is going to have to find a way to generate easier offense with Redick sidelined. Fortunately, the Clippers have Doc Rivers to do just that.

The question is, do the Clips have the personnel for Doc to execute it?



Again, Los Angeles just could not grab a rebound when it had to in this one, and that's with DeAndre Jordan and Griffin, two of the best rebounders in the league.

The funny thing is, both Griffin and Jordan corralled 12 boards apiece, but in crunchtime, it was Hibbert using his length to go over the top of both of them and pull down the big rebounds that ultimately decided the contest.