NBA regular season

Clippers destroy Pacers to keep win streak alive

Clippers destroy Pacers to keep win streak alive

BLOWOUT. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers demolish the Pacers by 33 points.

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Clippers win their fourth straight game as 7 players score in double figures

Marcus Morris Sr and Luke Kennard each scored 20 points to lead 7 players in double figures as the Los Angeles Clippers hammered the visiting Indiana Pacers, 129-96, on Sunday.

Morris shot 7-of-11 shots and 4-of-7 from three-point range, while Kennard made 7 of 12 attempts and 5 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Paul George also scored 20 for the Clippers, who won their fourth straight game despite playing without forward Serge Ibaka (undisclosed illness) and guard Lou Williams (hip). Williams sat out his second consecutive contest.

Kawhi Leonard finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Patrick Beverley contributed 11 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in the win.

Doug McDermott scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting – including 5 of 7 from three-point range – for the Pacers, who were without center Myles Turner (hand), the league leader in blocks at 4.2 per game.

Domantas Sabonis had 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and 8 assists for the Pacers. Justin Holiday chipped in 15 points.

The Clippers, who led by as many as 34 points, blew the contest open in the 3rd quarter. After a bucket by Sabonis brought the Pacers within 63-61 less than two minutes into the 3rd, the Clippers outscored them 37-14 during the rest of the quarter for a 100-75 lead heading into the 4th.

The Clippers trailed 23-19 after a layup by McDermott with 4:32 left in the opening quarter. However, Los Angeles staged a 17-3 run for a 36-26 advantage at the end of the period.

In the 2nd, the Clippers increased the lead to as many as 18 before the Pacers rallied. A 20-5 surge pulled Indiana to within 56-53 after a three-pointer by McDermott with 1:43 left in the quarter. However, the Clippers maintained the edge, taking a 61-55 lead at the break.

The Clippers’ bench outscored the Pacers, 65-14. Los Angeles also connected on 19 of 39 shots from three-point range, while Indiana made 11 of 38 attempts from beyond the arc. –

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