INDIANAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Clippers didn't have their five-game winning streak snapped Saturday night in Indiana.
No, they had it shattered.
The Pacers, led by Paul George and Lance Stephenson, delivered a fairly one-sided performance in a 106-92 victory over the Clippers.
"We just didn't play well. We didn't execute well. The one thing against a quality team, I don't care if it's Indiana or whoever, you're not going to win playing random basketball," Coach Doc Rivers said. "You're going to win being in the right spots and executing. We didn't do that."
George scored 36 points, including 20 in the first half and 10 in the fourth quarter, throwing down a 360 windmill slam to punctuate his night. Stephenson touched every aspect of the game, scoring 22 points to go with 12 points and seven assists.
More importantly, though, Stephenson made the night tough for the Clippers backcourt, helping force J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford into an 11-for-35 shooting night.
Crawford led the Clippers with 22 points off the bench, and Blake Griffin added 19.
"We've been playing some really good basketball. We're not going to let this deter us from our goals," Crawford said. "Tonight was one of those nights we didn't execute fully, and we paid the price for it."
Things between the two teams got physical right before halftime, as David West and Griffin got tangled after the buzzer. West struck Griffin in the head with an elbow and was ejected.
The Clippers closed to within nine points in the fourth quarter before Stephenson and George pulled away.
The problem, though, was the Clippers inability to sustain any positive stretches. The Clippers opened by going up by seven points, doing the right things and standing in the right spots.
But, the Pacers responded with a 15-0 run.
"We've done a pretty good job of not letting team's runs affect us too much and really being able to withstand them and hold them off with offense or defense," Griffin said. "Tonight, we just didn't really have much going for us."
There is some concern, though, that the Clippers haven't had it going for them on the road against marquee opponents. The team has failed to earn wins at Miami, San Antonio, Oklahoma City or Indiana this season.
"The Pacers are arguably the best team, playing the best right now. You want to play well against teams like this," Griffin said. "...It's disappointing. I'd much rather have wins in those places, but I'll take those wins on the road in the playoffs too.
"That's really our biggest goal."
The injuries for the Clippers, who are already playing without Chris Paul, continued to add up Saturday.
Redick was the first to go down, suffering a left knee bruise in a collision with Stephenson in the first quarter. Redick's knee immediately locked up from the bruise, but he was able to return.
Redick said the knee was still a little swollen after the game, but he expects to be fine.
Matt Barnes jammed his left thumb, the same thumb he injured last season, but the X-rays were normal.
The most serious injury, though, could've happened to Darren Collison, Paul's replacement in the starting lineup. Collison was still in pain after Friday's loss with ice on his left big toe.
"I just came down on it wrong on it after I cut," he said. "I don't know specifics yet."
If Collison were unable to play, the Clippers would be forced to use Crawford, recently signed Darius Morris or even more recently signed Hedo Turkoglu as primary ball-handlers.
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