Pacers collapse in third quarter for 129-96 loss to the Clippers

Indiana playing shorthanded
Posted at 12:39 AM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 01:52:49-05

LOS ANGELES — Two minutes into the third quarter, the Pacers pulled to within two points of the Clippers in Los Angeles. That's when Indiana ran out of gas.

By the time the quarter was over, the Pacers were down by 25. The Clippers went on to their fourth consecutive win, 129-96.

Indiana was playing shorthanded and it showed. By the end of the third quarter, the Los Angeles bench had outscored the Pacer bench 43-2, and for the game the bench difference was 63-14.

Doug McDermott had 23 points to lead Indiana. Domantas Sabonis finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pacers were out rebounded 52-33.

Indiana, now 8-5, was 2-2 during its western road trip and is off until Wednesday when Dallas is in town.