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Pacers final score: Clippers edge Pacers 91-89

Indiana still can't win close games late, never getting a final look at the basket thanks to bad inbound play, falling to the LA Clippers by two. Paul George had 31 for the Pacers.

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The Indiana Pacers failed to make plays late, securing yet another close loss, this time to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pacers went scoreless for the first 5:30 of the fourth quarter, allowing the Clippers to build an 81-72 lead, far too much for the Pacers to overcome despite a good close to the game by Paul George, who led Indiana with 31 points on 12-23 shooting.

The Pacers botched an inbound pass with 2.1 seconds remaining that handed them their third straight loss and six of seven overall. It's just another notch in Indiana's inability to get anything right in a late game situation. Up until their scoring drought, which the Clippers used to build a 13-0 run, the Pacers were well in control of the game, leading by as many as nine.

But despite sometimes good enough defense, the glaring holes came with Indiana's three point defense. The Clippers were only able to stay in the game due to their three point shooting, and they put the hurt on the Pacers, hitting 15, all of them coming in the first three quarters, which kept them within striking distance, and gave them the opportunities they needed to capitalize on Indiana's eventual implosion.

Indiana had just five three pointers to counter, three of those coming in the fourth quarter. George Hill had three of those on the night as part of his 16 and Paul George had the other two late in the fourth as part of his double double with 11 rebounds. Ian Mahinmi also had a double double of 12 points and 10 boards.

A 3-12 night from Monta Ellis and certified no-show from the bench sans Myles Turner kept Indiana's offense in check. Turner, however, was a dominant force again in the first half, scoring all 16 of his points on 7-7 shooting, but came back to earth in a big way, blanking in the second.

The Indiana Pacers' broken record continues with the only thing separating tonight's loss from all the other close losses of late is that Indiana never held a fourth quarter lead. So in that sense, they didn't actually choke the game away, which may or may not be an upgrade, despite having the ball with a chance to tie or win. The Pacers will host the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, who will be on the second night of a back-to-back after facing these Clippers on Wednesday.