LOS ANGELES, CA – Victor Oladipo‘s dream season continues.
Oladipo turned in yet another spectacular stat line on Sunday – 30 points (11-for-17 shooting), season-high 12 assists, five steals, four rebounds and a block – in the Indiana Pacers‘ (46-31) 111-104 win over the LA Clippers (41-36).
Indy had to come from behind to get the victory, their fifth in a row, after trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half.
The Blue and Gold’s hot stretch puts them in great shape to finish at worst fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. The sixth-place Washington Wizards are struggling and are now four games behind Indiana’s pace with just five games remaining.
Unfortunately for the Pacers, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still a game ahead for third and the Philadelphia 76ers are a half game clear for fourth. Philly’s win streak is now up to ten, while the Cavs are 8-2 in their past ten contests.
LA had the edge in the first half of Sunday’s game. In fact, they went into the break without ever trailing.
The Clips led 30-22 after one and used an early 8-2 run in the second quarter to expand their advantage to 14 points. Despite pushing ahead by 16, the Pacers closed the half well. Indy relied on a 16-2 run to pull themselves closer to the home team. By the halftime buzzer, LA owned just an one-point lead at 51-50.
The Blue and Gold went in front for the first time in the third quarter, leading by as many as four, but the Clippers had a resounding answer. LA used a 13-2 run to surge back to the lead, but Indiana closed well again. Cory Joseph‘s buzzer-beating triple made it a two-point ballgame after three, 78-76.
LA controlled the first half of the fourth, with the Pacers’ first fourth quarter lead coming at the 5:25 mark. Indy was in front by a single point with 3:24 to go when a flagrant foul changed the course of the night.
DeAndre Jordan was whistled for a flagrant for shoving Lance Stephenson to the floor, who went to the free throw line and made one of two shots. Then, with the Pacers retaining possession, Oladipo canned a three-pointer to give Indiana a 99-94 edge with just over three minutes left.
The Clips never did go away, drilling threes to stay alive, and trailed again by just one point with 1:11 remaining. LA played a solid set of defense, wearing the shot clock down, before Bojan Bogdanovic found an opening and connected on a huge triple with 50 seconds to play.
The Clippers did not score again and the Pacers hit some late free throws, taking us to our final score of 111-104.
Oladipo definitely stuffed the stat sheet, but he was not alone for Indiana. Myles Turner was on top of his game as well, scoring 24 points and pulling down eight rebounds.
Indy will now head to Denver for a Tuesday meeting with the Nuggets. Tip is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. as the Pacers go for an impressive west coast sweep.