The Clippers have beat a few of the League's best clubs the past few weeks, which includes a win against the 2-time current champs during their previous matchup.
Their current efforts are are quite a bit different to their quality of play when they encountered the Pacers 2 months ago.
L.A. is trying to pickup their 5th consecutive on their home court when they encounter the Pacers on Monday.
Los Angeles ( 14 - 25 ) has the 3rd worst record within the West, however are 9 - 4 since December 17th, the 4th finest record for any club within that span.
The Clippers have many outstanding victories in those thirteen matchups, recording wins against division leaders the Bulls, the Heat & on Sunday, the Lakers. They stopped the Lakers' 7 game victory streak having a 99 - 92 win, coming back from a twelve point 3rd quarter disadvantage.
Eric Gordon put in thirty points & Blake Griffin got sixteen of his eighteen points during the 2nd half & brought down fifteen boards. The only thing to mar the win had been a late altercation among the clubs that led to Griffin and Baron Davis being thrown out by the officials along with Lamar Odom & Ron Artest.
Gordon & Griffin carry on to direct the way for the improving Clippers. Gordon is putting in 27.4 points the previous 5 matchups while throwing up better than 60 % the previous 2.
At the same time, Griffin's ejection held him from achieving twenty points for a 15th consecutive matchup, however he increased his double - double run to twenty-six. The previous occasion he failed to post a minimum of ten points & ten boards had been versus the Pacers on November 18th. He got twelve points & 8 boards during that 107 - 80 defeat, the Clippers' 12th within thirteen contests to begin the year.
Slowing Griffin once more will be significant toward assisting the Pacers ( 16 - 21 ) rebound back from a 99 - 86 home court defeat to the Bulls on Friday. The Pacers had been bidding for their 1st 3 game victory streak of the year following defeating the 76ers & the Mavs on straight evenings.
The Pacers put in 32.6 %, their 2nd worst effort of the year, versus the Bulls & had been losing 53 - 41 at half-time. Danny Granger put in twenty-two points, however missed 13 of his 1st 17 attempts on his way to an 8 for 23 effort.
Monday starts a 4 game journey away from home versus clubs from the West for the Pacers, who stopped a 9 game away from home losing stretch at the Wells Fargo Center vs. the Sixers on Tuesday.
Roy Hibbert, putting in fifteen points versus Western Conference clubs in comparison to 11.3 versus teams from the East, will attempt to rebound back following he had been kept to a low for the year, tying 2 points on 1 of 8 shooting Friday. He got eighteen points & 8 boards versus the Clippers in November.
The Pacers are attempting to sweep the season series versus the Clippers for the 1st occasion since 2005 - 2006.