George scores 36 as Pacers easily beat the Clippers
The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George put an emphatic 360-degree twist on the Pacers’ latest blowout.
Lob City’s stars just watched in amazement.
George scored 36 points, the last two on a reverse windmill dunk that brought fans to their feet and the Clippers to their knees in Indiana’s 106-92 rout Saturday night.
“It was just instinctive,” George said after helping to end the Clippers’ five-game winning streak. “I wanted to put on a show for the fans.”
The entire season has been a showcase for the Pacers (32-7), who have the NBA’s best record, the league’s best home record at 21-1 and a 3½-game lead in the Eastern Conference over two-time defending champion Miami.
George, last year’s Most Improved Player, has six 30-point games and 27 20-point games this season. The 23-year-old emerging star is ranked among the league leaders in scoring, free-throw percentage and steals.
All this came on a night Indiana wasn’t even at full strength in the second half. Power forward David West was ejected at halftime after the officials gave him a flagrant 2 foul after a replay review.
Former Rainier Beach High Schoot standout Jamal Crawford finished with 22 points off the bench to lead Los Angeles (28-14).
• The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $100,000 on Saturday for confronting referees and using inappropriate language toward them during his team’s loss Wednesday. Cuban confirmed the fine on his Twitter feed, saying he couldn’t let commissioner David Stern retire without a proper farewell.
• The Brooklyn Nets reportedly acquired guard Marquis Teague from Chicago for Toko Shengalia, and also sent guard Tyshawn Taylor to New Orleans in a separate move.
• Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker was carried to the locker room by teammates after spraining his left ankle in the third period of a 104-96 overtime loss to Miami.
The Bobcats said X-rays were negative, but “he’s going to be out for a while,” Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. “We don’t know how long.” Walker has played in 190 straight games.
• Rodney Stuckey, a former Kentwood High School and Eastern Washington star, scored 20 points in the Detroit Pistons’ 104-98 win over the Washington Wizards.
• LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers ran past the Dallas Mavericks 127-111 for their fifth consecutive victory.