Paul, Clippers cool off surging Pacers

Updated: February 28, 2013

Chris Paul scored 29 points, handed out
eight assists and stymied Indiana’s late comeback to help the Los Angeles
Clippers hand the surging Pacers a rare 99-91 home loss.

The Pacers had won five straight by an average of 24 points and last suffered
a regulation defeat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Dec. 7 against the Nuggets.

The Clippers ended the impressive run by forcing 20 turnovers and holding off
a late push led by Paul George to earn their seventh win in their last eight

Jamal Crawford scored 23 points while Blake Griffin added 18 with 14 rebounds
for LA, which has already clinched back-to-back winning seasons.

George scored eight of his 20 points in the final 5:22, but Indiana, which was
playing without suspended center Roy Hibbert, still came up short. David West
and Lance Stephenson checked in with 22 and 16 points, respectively, in the