LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George walked onto the floor at the start of the fourth quarter and looked at the smaller Indiana teammates around him.
He liked their chances.
“I told my guys this is where we make our mark,” George said.
And he was right.
George had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and the surging Pacers broke open a close game early in the fourth to beat the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers 103-91 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
“If we were going to be able to pull away from this team, the coach is confident enough to put the small lineup out there, we’re just going to have to make a separation,” George said. “We did a great job of pushing the tempo, getting great stops and turning them into baskets.”
The Pacers (12-5) took control with a 14-1 run and opened an 86-70 lead on George’s 3-pointer with 8:28 to play against a much bigger Clippers unit.
“Our spread lineup came in and gave us a lot of momentum,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. “That whole stretch, end of the third into the fourth quarter, our spread lineup was a concern with that (Clippers) group. … But our group…