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Hot Clippers hold off Pacers’ charge, win 103-96

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jamal Crawford scored 18 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds, helping the Los Angeles Clippers hold off the Indiana Pacers 103-96 on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles (16-5) won its ninth straight and ended a four-game skid against Indiana.

C.J. Miles scored a season-high 30 points and made six 3-pointers. Lavoy Allen had 14 points for Indiana (7-15), which has lost six straight.

The Pacers made a furious fourth-quarter charge after trailing 82-62 late in the third. They opened the fourth on a 12-4 spurt, got as close as five, but fell behind 95-87 with less than four minutes left.

Indiana closed to 98-96 on Allen’s midrange jumper with 2:00 to play.

But Crawford answered with an off-balance jumper, and Blake Griffin made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Clippers a 101-96 lead.

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