Game recap: Indiana Pacers beat LA Clippers 122-116
While the LA Clippers failed to end their road trip with a win, the trip itself may end as a success. Ty Lue himself underlined it after the game, declaring that this road trip was successful for the Clippers, despite this outcome in Indiana. Without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers went 4-4 on that eight-game road trip, picking up multiple wins in games they theoretically shouldn’t have won.
As for this game against a shorthanded Pacers team, the Clippers couldn’t contain Isaiah Jackson inside the paint. Starting in the absence of Sabonis and others, Jackson had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Clippers were without their starting center in Ivica Zubac, so when Serge Ibaka went out of play, they were forced to go small. Jackson really thrived during those minutes, punishing the Clippers inside the paint.
Another turning point in that game was a fourth-quarter flurry from Duane Washington Jr., where the rookie dumped four big shots from range. Washington Jr. finished with 16 points on 4/7 from deep, hitting back-to-back daggers in that final frame.
Despite that hot shooting streak from Washington Jr. and the Pacers, the Clippers still had a chance to win this game in the final minutes. Amir Coffey was leading the charge, finishing with 27 points on the Sept. 14 shot, but he also got help from Reggie Jackson. It was a road trip from Reggie, but he found his way in this game, finishing with 21 points and 5 assists. Reggie scored 8 of his 21 points in that final frame, nearly bringing the Clippers all the way.
Eric Bledsoe also had a big fourth quarter for the Clippers, scoring 11 points in the frame. He had struggled to start the game, so it was good to see him start when it mattered most. Despite those late efforts, the Clippers were unable to overcome Indiana’s hot shot.
The Clippers will now return home to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
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