The Clippers gave the Indiana Pacers more trouble than they expected.
Despite 36 points from Reggie Miller, Indiana still needed Mark Jackson’s two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining Wednesday night to hang on for a 107-103 victory.
“You have to give them credit; they played hard the whole game,” said Miller, who returned to action after sitting out the Pacers’ game Tuesday night at Miami, a 97-95 loss. “I think we were a little tired, and it showed tonight. We are going to have to step it up, because everybody is trying to beat us and right now we can lose on any given night.”
Miller connected on 12 of 13 shots from the field as Indiana recorded its fifth consecutive victory over the Clippers, who have lost four in a row overall and 14 in a row on the road.
Pooh Richardson led the Clippers with 24 points.
The Clippers made their first nine shots and shot 72% in the first quarter, but trailed at the half, 56-53.