Chris Paul poured in eight of his 29 points in the final two and half minutes and the visiting LA Clippers held off the short-handed Indiana Pacers 99-91 on Thursday night after nearly blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead.
Jamal Crawford netted 23 points, while Blake Griffin had 18 and 14 rebounds for the Pacific Division leading Clippers (42-18), who won for the seventh time in the last eight games.
The Clippers opened up a 91-74 cushion with five minutes 38 seconds left to play but inexplicably let up. The Pacers, behind eight points, including a pair of triples from Paul George went on a 13-0 run to draw within four with 2 minutes 45 seconds remaining.
Chris Paul then took control and scored the Clippers' final eight points, connecting on a jumper, a nifty driving layup and four free throws to slam the door shut on the Pacers' five-game winning streak.DPA