Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 4/2/13
This is no April Fool's Day joke, but still count me as one of the surprised. I did not expect that the Pacers would be able to build a 24-point third quarter lead against the Clippers in LA, and I certainly did not expect that they could hold on when the Clips came within 2 points with more than a minute to go in the game. Sure, the Pacers had won 4 games in a row (including 3 on the road) and the Clips had been sluggish in recent losses to the Spurs and Rockets, but this was a statement game for them in LA as they tried to reach 50 wins for the first timein franchise history. The main reason the Pacers managed to get this one was the big fella, Roy Hibbert, who has been playing his best ball of the season -- finally. Roy put up 26 points and 10 rebounds on 11-14 shooting before fouling out, and was instrumental in the Pacers jumping out to an early lead. I guess he was atoning for missing their last encounter with the Clips when he was suspended for tossing Steph Curry aro...
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