Batum marks season high 32, Clippers beat Pacers 139-133 | Radio WGN 720

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Nicolas Batum scored all of his season-high 32 points in the second half, Reggie Jackson added 26 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Indiana Pacers 139-133 on Monday in a tag team matchup less than 0.500.

Marcus Morris had 21 points for the Clippers, who went on a two-game skid with their highest-scoring game of the season. Batum and Jackson combined to score 33 of their team’s 35 points in fourth.

“I didn’t do anything crazy, I was just wide open,” Batum said. “I just played against these guys and had a few shots.”

Caris LeVert had 26 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 28 seconds left and the Pacers trailing five. Chris Duarte added 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists as seven Pacers scored in double figures. They’ve lost four in a row and 10 of 11.

The Pacers got under threes with 30 seconds left on LeVert’s basket after trailing by 13 earlier in the fourth. But Jackson scored the Clippers’ final seven points to close out the win.

“His pace was really good, forward and downhill,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “His pace is what really changed the game for us.

The Clippers have struggled offensively lately, but they’ve been shooting 55 percent from the floor and as a team have made 18 3-pointers.

“It’s great to play like that,” Batum said. “Everyone touches the ball and everyone shoots.”

Down 19 points in the third, the Pacers made a run to start the fourth. They scored 10 straight points and then cut their deficit to 109-102 on a wide-opening dunk from Goga Bitadze, who finished with a career-high 17 points.

Batum hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game and Jackson scored eight in a row to keep the Clippers ahead by 12. Batum recorded a season-high seven 3-pointers.

Batum continued his run, reeling off 12 in a row, but Duarte hit a 3 and LeVert scored six in a row to threaten until the dying seconds.

“Batum had a spectacular game,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said.

The Clippers stretched their lead to double digits in the third. Batum scored 14 goals in the quarter, hitting two straight runs. A basket from Isaiah Hartenstein gave them their biggest lead of the game, 98-79. Terance Mann scored his final six points to send the Clippers into fourth at the 104-90 lead.

The Clippers led by 16 points in a 40-point first quarter and were up 15 in the second when the Pacers briefly gained momentum.

“Giving up 40 points in the first quarter was a real killer,” Carlisle said. “The rest of the way we did a lot of good things, but it got us in trouble.”

Indiana used an 18-4 run — including 13 in a row with six by LeVert and five by Duarte — to close in on one. The Clippers recovered with a 10-2 run to lead 68-59 at halftime.

ADVICE

Pacers: Myles Turner (sore left ankle), Malcolm Brogdon (sore right Achilles tendon) and Jeremy Lamb (sore left knee) sat out.

Clippers: It was Batum’s highest-scoring game since he had 33 against Portland on Nov. 15, 2015, and his most points and 3-pointers in a Clippers uniform. He missed his career-high three points. … Luke Kennard is still returning after following health and safety protocols.

FOLLOWING

Pacers: Stay in Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Wednesday.

Clippers: In Denver on Wednesday to open an eight-game road trip.

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