INDIANAPOLIS — Chris Paul scored 29 points, and Blake Griffin finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers hold off Indiana’s late charge for a 99-91 victory on Thursday night.
The Clippers (42-18) have won three in a row and seven of their past eight.
David West led the Pacers (36-22) with 22 points, while All-Star Paul George had 20 points and five assists. Danny Granger finished with a season-high 12 points.
But without the suspended Roy Hibbert, the Pacers barely resembled the team that had won five in a row by an average margin of 23.8 points.
Instead, Indiana had the lead only once in the first half and only three times in the third quarter – never by more than two points.
BULLS 93, 76ERS 82
In Chicago, Joakim Noah had 23 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high 11 blocks for his third career triple-double and the Bulls ended a two-game losing streak.
Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 12 rebounds while Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng had 15 and 12 points, respectively, as the Bulls completed a three-game regular season series sweep.
Jrue Holiday paced the 76ers with 22 points.