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Clippers, Pacers tangle in Indianapolis

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers have won three straight and will get a stern test from one of the Western Conference's best when the Los Angeles Clippers head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday night.

The Pacers have sent the league a message after their loss in Atlanta 10 days ago. In the three games since, the Pacers have won by an average of 26.3 points and have held those opponents to a staggering 82.3 points.

"It's been a point of emphasis the last three of four games, since we had a little bit of an offensive lull right after the New Year, just to play harder off the basketball, and cut harder, screen harder, run into screens, run out of screens, crash, run the floor - all those things. What you're doing without the basketball matters," said head coach Frank Vogel.

On Thursday, the Pacers destroyed the New York Knicks, 117-89.

Lance Stephenson launched a "Sir Lancealot" video campaign Tuesday night in an effort to get himself into the upcoming All-Star Game in New Orleans.

It's tough to make a case against him.

Stephenson had 28 points, four rebounds and four assists in the lopsided victory.

Paul George added 25 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, followed by 12 from David West, 11 apiece out of Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger and 10 from Luis Scola.

The Pacers only committed six turnovers on Thursday.

Indiana finishes a four-game homestand on Saturday, then heads west for five games where they'll face Golden State, Phoenix, Sacramento, Denver and the LA Lakers.

The Clippers began a seven-game eastern trip with a decisive, 109-95 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Friday night.

The Clips have won five straight, including a 4-0 homestand, and have run their record to 5-1 since losing All-Star point guard Chris Paul to a separated shoulder.

Blake Griffin poured in 32 points and Jamal Crawford scored 29 points in 29 minutes off the bench. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for the Clippers and Darren Collison and J.J. Redick both scored 12 for LA.

"We buckled down and played within ourselves and really relied on our system," said Griffin. "No one is trying to do too much."

The Clippers visit Detroit, Charlotte, Chicago, Toronto and Milwaukee on this odyssey.

The Pacers beat the Clippers in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 and have taken four of six from the Clips. LA beat the Pacers in Indianapolis last season, but the Pacers won three straight before that.

01/18 10:00:06 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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