NBA: Batum’s season-high carries Clippers past Indiana

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Posted at Jan 18 2022 07:44 AM

Clippers forward Nicolas Batum shoots during the first half in a December 20, 2021 game. Gary A. Vasquez, USA Today Sports/Reuters
Clippers forward Nicolas Batum shoots during the first half in a December 20, 2021 game. Gary A. Vasquez, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Nicolas Batum scored 32 points, as the host Los Angeles Clippers held off the Indiana Pacers 139-133 on Monday.

In an impressive long-range shooting performance, Batum shot 7 of 10 from 3-point range and the Clippers hit 18-of-36 from behind the arc as a team.

The Clippers came into Monday's contest — their last at home before embarking on a season-long 8-game road swing — having failed to score 100 points in their last 3 outings.

Los Angeles eclipsed the 100-point mark before the end of the 3rd quarter, and led by as much as 19 points in game it led wire-to-wire.

All 5 Clippers starters scored in double-figures, led by Batum's season-high. Marcus Morris scored 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting from the floor and grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds. Reggie Jackson added 26 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, and Amir Coffey finished with 16 points and 7 assists.

Ivica Zubac rounded out Los Angeles' starting five with 10 points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from the field. Collectively, the Clippers connected on 45 of 82 shots from the floor in their highest-scoring game of the season.

Indiana climbed back from the deep hole it dug early, cutting the deficit to three points in the final minute thanks to the scoring efforts of Caris LeVert and Chris Duarte.

LeVert led the Pacers with 26 points and Duarte scored 24 points off the bench. Goga Bitadze added another 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench, and fellow reserve Oshae Brissett scored 13 points.

Domantas Sabonis recorded a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds along with 7 assists, and Justin Holiday scored 18 points.

Despite reaching its highest point total in regulation this season — and 2nd-most points since posting 134 in an overtime loss at Washington on October 22 — Indiana dropped its 4th straight and suffered its 10th loss in its last 11 games.

Monday marked the 1st outing in a 5-game, Western Conference road swing for the Pacers.