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Sunday, December 1st (All times Eastern)

Indiana Pacers (15-1) at Los Angeles Clippers (12-5), 3:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - In what could possibly be an NBA Finals preview, the Indiana Pacers will take on the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday at Staples Center.

Yes, it's only December, but the Pacers and Clippers have as much potential to represent their respective conference in the championship round as the Spurs, Thunder, Rockets, Blazers and Heat do.

Indiana can prove it belongs among the ranks of the elite when it opens a five-game western road trip Sunday against the Clippers, Blazers, Jazz, Spurs and Thunder. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talked about the upcoming trip.

"It will be somewhat revealing, but not all-revealing," Vogel said after practice. "If we go 0-5 it doesn't mean we're a disaster, if we go 5-0 it doesn't mean we won the championship. It's an early-season barometer."

The Pacers are 6-1 on the road and have won three straight as the visitor. They have won six in a row overall and recorded a 93-73 victory versus the Washington Wizards on Friday, as Paul George scored 23 points and Lance Stephenson fell short of a triple-double with seven points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.

George Hill and Roy Hibbert added 13 points apiece for Indiana, which remained unbeaten at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with its ninth consecutive home win to open the season. The Pacers also contained Wizards star John Wall and held him to eight points. Washington had 26 points off 15 Indiana turnovers and came into the game ranked second in the NBA with 18.6 fast-break points.

"Really strong effort by our guys," Vogel said. "Our guys really stepped up holding John Wall to eight points and the team to zero fast-break points"

The 73 points allowed by the Pacers were a season low and the defensive prowess helped extend the franchise's best start to 15-1.

Los Angeles is on a roll, too, and has won four in a row and nine of its last 12 games. It is coming off Friday's 104-98 overtime triumph at Sacramento and scored 10 of the 14 points in the extra stanza.

Jamal Crawford stepped up in the absence of Chris Paul (hamstring) and pumped in a season-best 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting to go along with 11 assists and seven rebounds.

"He's a beast. He's done that his whole career," Kings head coach Mike Malone said of Crawford.

Blake Griffin finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, Darren Collison added 15 points and J.J. Redick scored 13 for the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 10 points, 15 boards and a career-high nine blocks.

Paul, who is questionable Sunday and leads the NBA with 12.2 assists per game, missed Friday's contest with a right hamstring strain. Paul injured the hamstring in the third quarter of Wednesday's win over the New York Knicks. Collison got the start at point guard and will handle the role again if Paul is unable to play.

Redick exited in the first half of Friday's win with an apparent wrist injury and is also listed as questionable.

"It's a sprained wrist and the x-rays are negative," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "If it's his left hand, he'd be fine because he doesn't have one."

Rivers is one win shy of 600 in his career.

The Clippers, who have a 9-0 mark when scoring 100 points, are 8-1 at home and will start a seven-game east coast trip Wednesday against Atlanta, Memphis, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn and Washington. The Clips' 12-5 record matches the 2005-06 team, which was 13-5 after 18 games.

L.A. and Indiana split two meetings last season with each team winning on the road.

12/01 10:28:33 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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ANA 11
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ATL 6
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BAL 8
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NYY 5
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SEA 4
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PHI 1
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HOU 3
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