NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Clippers 31 22 20 19 92
Indiana 36 35 27 18 116
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CTNaN:� , February 7, 2019
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana  Attendance: 15,756

Pacers prepare for visit from overhauled Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers at Indiana Pacers

  1. The Pacers have won their last four games against the Clippers, sweeping the series in the past two seasons. Indiana is 55-32 (.632) all-time against the Clippers, its best winning percentage against any NBA franchise.
  2. The Clippers defeated the Hornets in Charlotte on Tuesday, 117-115. Los Angeles trailed by as many as 20 points in the third quarter but came back to win, the second time in four days it rallied from a 20-plus deficit in the third quarter (trailed by 23 in 3rd quarter of 111-101 win at Detroit on February 2).
  3. The Pacers took down the Lakers in Indianapolis on Tuesday, 136-94, despite making just five free throws. That was the most points scored by a team with five or fewer made free throws in a game in NBA history.
  4. Lou Williams had 31 points off the bench in the comeback win over the Hornets, 14 of which came in the fourth quarter. In the aforementioned victory over the Pistons, he had 18 of his 39 points in the final frame. Only James Harden (19) has more 10-plus-point fourth quarters than Williams this season (15).
  5. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 24 points in the victory over the Lakers. He has paced Indiana in points scored in three of the seven games since Victor Oladipo went out injured. Bogdanovic is shooting a career-best 43.1 percent from three-point range this season.
  6. The Clippers are shooting 38.6 percent from behind the arc this season, the third-best mark in the NBA. The Pacers are shooting 37.2 percent from deep, the fifth-best rate in the league. Los Angeles has been even better on the road, making 39.9 percent of its threes. That is the best road percentage in the NBA.

The rest of the Los Angeles Clippers not headed to an Eastern Conference favorite will pick up the pieces Thursday in a game at Indianapolis against the Indiana Pacers.

The Clippers will be without leading scorer Tobias Harris, fan favorite Boban Marjanovic and key bench player Mike Scott after all three were traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that was made official Wednesday.

The Pacers will find that the video from the Clippers' 117-115 comeback victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday will be of limited use as a scouting tool.

Harris scored 34 points in the victory, including the game-winning fade-away jumper in the lane with less than five seconds remaining. Scott played key late defense on Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker. Marjanovic even made an appearance for the final 21 seconds to solidify defense in the lane.

Perhaps the Pacers would be better off checking out another tape of a team from Los Angeles. The Pacers could just use the strategy they employed from their own game Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers, when they got off to a fast start and never relented in a 136-94 victory.

That was a Lakers team that included LeBron James, in his second game back from a Christmas Day groin injury, making it the largest margin of defeat in James' career.

"The energy from start to finish was there ... the execution," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. "On defense we didn't give (away) anything easy. I thought our offense was really good forcing the tempo, pushing the ball with great ball movement. It was a challenge to them to believe in yourself and play the game together."

McMillan vowed for that to be the team's approach at least through the next four games remaining until the All-Star break, starting with the matchup against the Clippers.

After losing their first four games after Victor Oladipo (knee) was lost for the season, including a 32-point blowout by the Golden State Warriors, the Pacers have now won three consecutive games with their 42-point triumph. Indiana is otherwise healthy, besides Doug McDermott (ribs) being day-to-day.

The Clippers will get back four picks (two firsts, two seconds), guard Landry Shamet and forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala from the 76ers, but the forward addition they are most anticipating is Danilo Gallinari, who has missed the last 10 games with back spasms.

Harris led the Clippers with 20.9 points per game, but Gallinari has scored 19 a game this season, so if he returns Thursday as expected, the offense will still have a scoring punch.

What the Clippers figure to work on is not getting into big early deficits. During the first three games on their current six-game road trip, the Clippers have twice come back from 20-point deficits to earn a victory.

Much of L.A.'s success Tuesday had to do with shooting 75 percent (18-of-24) from 3-point range, but Harris and Scott combined to go 9-of-11.

It means that the Clippers will have much to overcome against the Pacers, whether Gallinari returns or not.

"Lordy, lordy, it's the comeback trip," Rivers told the media after Tuesday's game.

Now, the trip will be known for something else entirely.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 6, 2019

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