Al Thornton scored 19 points, and Baron Davis had eight of his 12 points during a game-ending 18-4 run, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to an 88-72 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
All of the Clippers' starters scored in double digits en route to the team's fifth victory in seven games. Chris Kaman had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Camby grabbed 17 rebounds and had 12 points. Los Angeles shot just 34.9 percent from the field, but held Indiana to 37.5 percent while converting 21 turnovers into 22 points.
Troy Murphy led Indiana with 13 points. The Pacers, who have lost nine of their last 10 games following a five-game winning streak, concluded an 0-4 trip that began right after an 86-73 victory over the Clippers at Canseco Fieldhouse on Nov. 25.
Leading scorer Danny Granger, who didn't play in the first meeting because of a sprained ligament in his left knee, left with 11 minutes left in the third quarter because of a bruised right heel. He finished with 11 points in less than 18 minutes.
Eric Gordon was back in the Clippers' lineup after sitting out Wednesday night in a loss to Houston because of a left hamstring strain. The second-year shooting guard, who was born in Indianapolis, played his high school ball there and was drafted by the Clippers following his freshman year at Indiana, missed eight games with a groin injury before returning to play in the other loss to the Pacers.
After leading the Clippers to a 41-39 halftime lead with 14 points, Kaman was bogged down by foul trouble in the third quarter and picked up his fifth with 9:35 to play and Los Angeles ahead 65-57.
Mardy Collins' 3-pointer made it 68-59 before the Pacers responded with 3-point shots by Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy Jr. and a running bank shot by Earl Watson to close to 70-68 with 6:56 remaining. But the Clippers restored their nine-point margin with a 15-footer by Baron Davis, a pair of free throws by Al Thornton and a 3-point bank shot by Davis after Camby shot over the basket from the right corner and Thornton hustled after the ball.
Kaman followed with a pair of free throws and Thornton capped the pivotal 11-0 spurt with a layup that gave Los Angeles an 81-68 lead with 1:48 remaining. The Pacers made only one field goal over the final 6:56, an 11-footer by Brandon Rush.
The Pacers used their seventh different starting lineup and fell behind by nine before taking their only lead, 27-25, on a dunk by Granger with 8:21 left in the second quarter.
After playing 15 scoreless minutes with just one rebound in Friday's 96-87 loss at Utah, Pacers center Roy Hibbert came off the bench for the third time this season while Jeff Foster started in his place. Coach Jim O'Brien went back to Hibbert after less than 5 minutes of play and he made four of his first five shots.
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy improved to 13-6 when he's coached against his son in the NBA. Mike Jr. had 10 points in 23 minutes and shot 4 for 11 in his fifth game back from right knee surgery that sidelined him for the Pacers' first 34 games. The last one he missed was the home win over the Clippers. He also sat out the final meeting last season, a 106-105 win at Staples Center, having undergone that surgery a week earlier.
NOTES: Dunleavy Sr.'s 1,300th game as an NBA head coach tied Red Holzman for 16th place. Dunleavy's overall record was eight games over .500 when he took the Clippers job in 2003, but he is now 106 games below .500 _ despite the fact that he guided them to a playoff berth in 2005-06 with a 47-35 record and got within one victory of the Western Conference finals. ... Pacers point guard T.J. Ford was 0 for 1 from 3-point range, and has missed his last 31 shots from behind the arc since making his only attempt back on March 28 at Chicago.
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