If the Clippers were inspired by their trip to the Hoosier state -- where there's a deep appreciation for the artistry of basketball, a precisely executed backdoor cut or a defense that moves together on a string -- it was hard to tell.
Instead, their work was the basketball equivalent of finger painting. The Clippers clanked more free throws than they made, got little of consequence from newcomer Nick Young in his first start and provided Indiana role players such as George Hill and Tyler Hansbrough an opportunity to take turns starring in a 102-89 Pacers victory.
"This was just an ugly game," Clippers guard Chris Paul said. "We're going to scratch this one and get ready for tomorrow."
That would be a trip to Oklahoma City, near Blake Griffin's hometown, where the Clippers face the Western Conference leaders. That is followed by a trip to New Orleans, where Paul will play Thursday against his former team for the first time.
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