I think this clip perfectly sums up what the Clippers did to the Pacers on Sunday night.
The Clippers couldn’t miss, as they defeated the Indiana Pacers 129-96 to move to 10-4 on the season.
They knocked down 19 three’s, the third time they’ve made that many this season. Not only did they knock down the second most on the season, they made nearly half the amount they took, going 19-for-39 from beyond the arc.
Entering the game, the Clippers were leading the NBA in three-point percentage, shooting 43.6 percent. They shot 48.7 percent tonight, so that number will definitely go up. Luke Kennard led the way for the Clippers with five from deep. Kennard has knocked down 25 of 48 from deep this season which is good for 52 percent. Yeah, not too shabby at all.
Marcus Morris Sr. added four from deep and had another great game since returning from his injury. He scored 20 points off the bench, the most points he’s scored in a Clippers uniform. Morris Sr. was a game-high +35.
In addition to shooting lights out from three on the season, the Clippers have been nearly impossible to beat when they share the ball. With the win tonight, LA is now 7-1 on the season when they have at least 25 assists, as they finished Sunday with 27. Five different players had at least three assists.
The Clippers led by 10 at the end of the first quarter, thanks to a 17-3 run to close the frame. They knocked down 14 shots and had an assist on nine of them. Patrick Beverley, who entered the night averaging 1.9 per game, had five in the first quarter alone.
Just like the Clippers, the Pacers ended the next quarter on a run. After jumping out to an 18-point lead midway through the second, Indiana finished the quarter on a 22-10 run to cut their deficit to six.
The Pacers would get the deficit as close as two points, but the Clippers dominated the second half. A 39-point third quarter gave LA a comfortable 25-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Although the fourth wasn’t as dominant, they still held their ground and didn’t let Indiana inch their way back into the game.
The Clippers are now 10-4 on the season and move into second place in the Western Conference. They’re off until Wednesday, when they’ll face the Sacramento Kings.