Clippers Whip Pacers – NBA Roundup For March 1st
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers couldn’t stop the Los Angeles Clippers’ inside game while center Roy Hibbert served a one-game suspension for his role in a fight against Golden State this week.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin helped the Clippers outscore the Pacers 50-32 in the paint en route to a 99-91 triumph at Indianapolis. Paul scored 29 points on 11-of-18 from the floor while providing eight assists and six rebounds. Griffin chipped in 18 points and 14 boards in the Clippers’ third straight win.
The Clippers put together a pair of 13-3 runs in the second half to withstand the Pacers’ 13-oh spurt late in the game.
L.A. has won seven of eight to improve to 42-18.
David West led the Pacers with 22 points, while All-Star Paul George had 20 points and five assists.
In other NBA action, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points and the Los Angeles Lakers improved to 4-1 since the All-Star break by clobbering Minnesota 116-94. Dwight Howard finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 53 percent from the field and pulled within two games of Houston for the Final Western Conference playoff berth.
Joakim (JOH’-kihm) recorded his third career triple-double, providing 23 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high 11 blocks as Chicago beat Philadelphia 93-82. Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 12 rebounds while Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng had 15 and 12 points to help the Bulls end a two-game skid.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson has announced plans to keep the Kings in the city.
Mark Mastrov, founder of 24 Hour Fitness, will submit to the NBA today a bid to buy the team. Pittsburgh Penguins billionaire co-owner Ron Burkle will lead the effort to build a new downtown arena that he hopes will also lure back a WNBA franchise.
The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported since Jan. 22 that Mastrov and Burkle were working on a plan to keep the Kings from relocating to Seattle. Burkle also expressed interested in buying the Kings two years ago and met with NBA Commissioner David Stern at the league’s New York headquarters in January before deciding to back out of the bid.