Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Playing on a night when it was revealed Blake Griffin sustained a fractured right hand over the weekend in Toronto when he punched the team’s assistant equipment manager – Matias Testi – the Clippers on Tuesday defeated the host Indiana Pacers 91-89 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Chris Paul led the Clippers (29-16) with 26 points and seven assists, J.J. Redick scored 19, Wesley Johnson had 15 points and DeAndre Jordan had nine points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. Jamal Crawford scored nine point, but he shot just 1 of 9 from the field.
The Clippers shot 41 percent, 40.5 percent (15 of 37) from 3-point range.
The Clippers are now 2-2 on this East Coast swing and finish the trip Wednesday at Atlanta.
Paul George led the Pacers 31 points and 11 rebounds, Myles Turner scored 16 off the bench and had 15 points.
Indiana (23-22), which has lost six of its past seven games, shot 42.2 percent overall, 31.3 percent (5 of 16) from beyond the arc.
The Clippers are now 12-3 without Griffin, who has not played since Christmas because of a partially torn left quad tendon. He actually might have returned in this game had he not broken his hand during the aforementioned altercation. He is now expected to miss four to six more weeks.