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Gordon and Clippers score overtime win over Pacers

Friday, December 19, 2008

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Zach Randolph had 34 points and 16 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the shorthanded Indiana Pacers 117-109 in double overtime on Friday night.

Al Thornton scored 25 points, Marcus Camby had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Baron Davis had 18 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who have won four of five after a 4-17 start.

Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 27 points, T.J. Ford scored 17 and Rasho Nesterovic and Roy Hibbert each scored 16 for the Pacers.

Indiana tipped off missing four of its usual starters. Danny Granger, Troy Murphy and Marquis Daniels were in the hospital with viral infections, and Ford didn't start because of a sore left groin. Granger, the league's No. 5 scorer with 24.4 points per game, scored 41 points in a win over Golden State on Wednesday.

The Clippers are 6-6 since Randolph came in a trade with the New York Knicks.

The Pacers dropped to 0-4 in overtime games this season. They committed 26 turnovers leading to 29 points for Los Angeles.

In the second overtime, the Clippers led 111-107 before rookie Eric Gordon, playing in his hometown for the first time as a pro, drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Los Angeles a 114-107 lead and send most of the crowd toward the exits. Gordon finished with 15 points and five rebounds.

With the score tied in the final minute of the first overtime, Indiana's Josh McRoberts blocked Randolph's shot, and the Pacers advanced quickly. Jack drove to the hoop, but Randolph blocked his shot, and the Clippers called time out with 11.8 seconds left.

Davis got the inbounds pass and kept the ball until the clock neared zero. He drove right against Ford and pulled up, but his shot was long and the game went into a second overtime.

The Pacers did not lead in the fourth quarter until Nesterovic made a baseline jumper to give Indiana an 89-87 edge with 1:33 to go.

Jack missed the second of two free throws with 19.6 seconds left, and Indiana led 95-92.

Gordon scored almost immediately off the inbounds pass to make it 95-94. Jack made two free throws at the other end to set the Clippers up with a chance to tie. Thornton hit a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left to make it 97-all.

Ford tried to drive for the winning shot, but Davis stole the ball from him and put up a runner that missed at the buzzer.

Notes: The Pacers were called for four technical fouls in the first quarter. Three were for defensive three seconds, and the other was called on an assistant coach. ... Clippers G Mike Taylor broke his right thumb and did not return. ... Three Indiana high school stars -- Randolph, Gordon and McRoberts -- were on the floor at the same time for much of the second half. ... Gordon was cheered during pregame introductions, and was applauded when he made his first basket early in the game. ... Indiana F Stephen Graham got the second start of his career. ... Jack got his second straight start after being a reserve in the first 24 games.

L.A. CLIPPERS (117)

Thornton 8-19 8-11 25, Randolph 13-25 7-8 34, Camby 8-14 4-6 20, Gordon 5-13 4-5 15, B.Davis 5-18 8-10 18, Skinner 0-0 0-0 0, P.Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Collins 1-2 1-2 3, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Hart 1-2 0-0 2, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-95 32-42 117.

INDIANA (109)

Graham 2-7 0-0 5, Foster 2-7 0-0 4, Hibbert 8-10 0-0 16, Rush 5-22 3-6 14, Jack 10-18 6-7 27, Ford 6-10 5-5 17, McRoberts 1-3 2-4 4, Nesterovic 7-14 2-2 16, Baston 1-4 1-2 3, Diener 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 43-97 19-26 109.

L.A. Clippers18302227812--117

Indiana2524202884--109

3-Point Goals--L.A. Clippers 3-17 (Randolph 1-3, Thornton 1-3, Gordon 1-6, Hart 0-1, B.Davis 0-4), Indiana 4-18 (Diener 1-2, Graham 1-3, Jack 1-4, Rush 1-8, Foster 0-1). Fouled Out--Foster. Rebounds--L.A. Clippers 60 (Randolph 16), Indiana 65 (Foster 11). Assists--L.A. Clippers 21 (B.Davis 11), Indiana 22 (Jack 7). Total Fouls--L.A. Clippers 24, Indiana 28. Technicals--B.Davis, L.A. Clippers defensive three second, Indiana Bench, Indiana defensive three second 3. A--12,653 (18,165).



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