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  • Indiana Pacers' Bojan Bogdanovic reacts after hitting a 3-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Thursday, February 07, 2019 10:00 pm

Bogdanovic scores 29, Pacers beat short-handed Clippers

JIM JOHNSON | Associated Press

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Bojan Bogdanovic had 29 points and seven rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 116-92 victory over the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

Myles Turner had 17 points and six blocked shots, while Thaddeus Young and Darren Collison each scored 14 points for the Pacers, who won their fourth consecutive game.

Montrezl Harrell had 19 points and Danilo Gallinari had 12 points and five rebounds for the Clippers, who have a roster in transition after the NBA's trade deadline.

The Pacers scored 13 straight during a 17-2 run late in the second quarter to pull away.

Bogdanovic made back-to-back 3-pointers to put Indiana ahead 60-46 with 4:31 left in the half. He scored on a reverse layup with 2:17 to go to give the Pacers a 64-48 lead.

Indiana led 71-53 at halftime. The Pacers led by as much as 27 when Collison made two free throws late in the third to make it 94-67.

It was Indiana's second straight blowout win — both coming against the two Los Angeles franchises. The Pacers beat the Lakers 136-94 on Tuesday while handing LeBron James the worst loss of his pro career. The last time Indiana had such lopsided wins over the two teams in the same season was 2005-06, when the Pacers beat the Lakers 105-79 and the Clippers 97-75.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Johnathan Motley had 10 points and seven rebounds. . Lou Williams scored 10 points.

Pacers: Collison had five assists. . Young had five rebounds and five steals. . Indiana's 71 points in the first half were the most first-half points scored this season, surpassing that previous mark of 69 scored against the Lakers on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Clippers: At Boston on Saturday for the fifth of six games on the road.

Pacers: Host Cleveland on Saturday for the third of six straight home games.