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Clippers Vs. Pacers: L.A. Looks For Fifth Straight Home Win

(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers kick off a four-game western road trip today by visiting Staples Center to take on a resurgent Los Angeles Clippers team that is coming off one of its biggest wins of the season. The Pacers split a brief two-game homestand after falling to Central Division rival Chicago, 99-86, on Friday. Derrick Rose scored a game-high 29 points to go with 10 rebounds and five assists in that one as the Bulls snapped a three- game road losing streak.

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 22 points. Mike Dunleavy made 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc and ended with 13 points, while Tyler Hansbrough supplied 12 points for the Pacers, who had won their previous two. Darren Collison added 10 points with five rebounds and five assists for the Pacers. "Just wasn't a good enough performance for us tonight," Dunleavy said.

Indiana, which is 6-11 away from home and stopped a nine-game skid away from Conseco Fieldhouse in Philadelphia last Tuesday, will also face Golden State, Portland and Denver on its trip. The Clippers, meanwhile, opened a three-game homestand on Sunday with a 99-92 triumph over their co-tenants at Staples Center, the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers.

Eric Gordon led all scorers with 30 points and rookie Blake Griffin registered his franchise-record 26th straight double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds in that one before getting ejected late in the fourth quarter, as the Clip snapped the Lakers' seven-game winning streak.

With the Clippers up 99-90 and 5.7 seconds remaining, Griffin got tangled up with Lamar Odom after Randy Foye's free throw. Odom grabbed the power forward by the jersey and pushed him out of bounds. After other players got involved, order was quickly restored with no punches being thrown.

Odom, Griffin, the Lakers' Ron Artest and Clippers' Baron Davis were all ejected, however. Griffin's ejection did keep him from reaching 20 points for a 15th straight contest. Davis chipped in 14 points and eight assists, while DeAndre Jordan finished with 15 rebounds to go with eight points for the Clippers, who earned only their third win in the last 14 meetings with the Lakers. The resurgent Clippers have won four of five overall and five straight at home.

The Pacers, who topped the Clips in Indy back on Nov. 18, will be aiming to sweep the home-and-home series against LA for the first time since 2005-06.

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