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Los Angeles Clippers players wear shirts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Indiana Pacers players wear shirts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, center, is introduced with other players, who are all wearing shirts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., before an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers center Cheap Ivica Zubac Jersey during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George, left, dunks the ball against Indiana Pacers guard Justin Holiday, back, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) reaches for a rebound near Los Angeles Clippers guard Cheap Paul George Jersey (13) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) defends against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Cheap Kawhi Leonard Jersey (2) shoots against Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) and guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) dunks the ball during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) defends against Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots against Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Cheap Luke Kennard Jersey, left, and Indiana Pacers center Goga Bitadze scramble for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday, left, knocks the ball out of the hands of Los Angeles Clippers guard Cheap Terance Mann Jersey (14) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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LOS ANGELES — Maybe it was the evening start time? Improving inner fortitude? For certain: This time, there were no lazy Sunday vibes from the Clippers.

Might’ve been that this Sunday, they were jolted out of their seats early, brought to attention by a soaring right-armed Paul George dunk fewer than four minutes into the game.

Likely, all of the above.

The result: The Clippers maintained the upper hand Sunday at Staples Center, running their winning streak to four consecutive with a 129-96 victory against a game but depleted Indiana Pacers team that wore down in the second half.

Indiana (8-5) had its hands full with the Clippers’ energized stars Kawhi Leonard (17 points, seven rebounds, five assists), George (20 points, seven rebounds), not to mention Cheap Marcus Morris Jersey and Luke Kennard, who did heavy lifting off the bench, notching 20 points apiece, the most in their respective Clippers tenures.

The Clippers — who’d come out flat in their previous two Sunday home games, waking up to win against Chicago and falling historically flat against Dallas — saw an early 18-point lead shrink to only six at halftime. But from there, they charged ahead and stayed there after winning the third quarter, 39-20.

Leonard played all 12 minutes of the third, going 5 for 8 for 11 tide-tilting points in the frame — including back-to-back dunks and a buzzer beating tipped layup.

The Clippers (10-4) came up with a similarly dominant third period Friday in their 38-point victory at Sacramento, where they outscored the Kings 37-16 in the quarter to put that game out of reach.

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And, despite a second-quarter blip when they shot 3 for 18 from deep, the Clippers stayed on-target from long range: They finished 19 for 39 (48.7 percent) from behind the 3-point arc — the fourth consecutive game they’ve hit at least 15 3-pointers, tying a franchise record.

They held Indiana to 11 for 38 from behind the arc, and just 37 for 89 (41.6 percent) from the field, out-rebounded them 52-33 and outscoring them, 56-48 in the paint — the first time since a loss to San Antonio on Jan. 5 that Tyronn Lue’s team outscored an opponent inside.

To get the ball rolling Sunday, the Clippers (10-4) bolted to a 36-point first quarter.

Clippers guard Cheap Lou Williams Jersey missed his second consecutive game with a sore hip and center Cheap Serge Ibaka Jersey was a late scratch, missing Sunday’s start with an illness that wasn’t related to the coronavirus, the Clippers said. Assistant coach Kenny Atkinson also was absent, away for personal reasons also unrelated to the coronavirus.

The Pacers were without the recently acquired Caris LeVert (out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney, the team announced Saturday) as well as, JaKarr Sampson (back) and NBA blocks leader Myles Turner (hand) — plus Jeremy Lamb (ACL) and T.J. Warren (foot), who are undergoing longer-term rehab.

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Clippers Career: Al Thornton was the 1st round draft pick of the Clippers all the way back in 2007. Taken at 14, Al was fed a lot of minutes right off the bat, averaging 27.3 minutes a game in his rookie season—and showed a lot of promise. Scoring 12.7 points per game and pulling down 4.5 boards as well, Al made the All-Rookie 1st team and was considered a true cornerstone for the Clippers. The tweener forward improved on his basic stats in his sophomore season, increasing his scoring to an impressive 16.8 points per game. However, a look at his per-36 statistics shows a decline across the board, and his already mediocre shooting fell off a cliff. Still regarded as somewhat of a future piece going forward, the luster was clearly wearing away, and Thornton needed a big year three to really show his value. Sadly, his progress continued to stagnate (he shot more efficiently, but on lower usage, and peripheral stats remained poor), and the Clippers traded him in a three team deal which acquired Drew Gooden. On February 17, 2010, Cheap Al Thornton Jersey departed for the Wizards; many Clippers fans were upset at the move.

Post-Clippers NBA Career: Al played out the rest of the 2009-2010 season on the Wizards, putting up almost identical stats for them as he had for the Clippers. He remained on the Wiz for the start of the 2010-2011 season, but his minutes dropped, and his numbers fell accordingly. After 49 games, Al and Washington came to an agreement on a buyout, and he became a free agent for the first time in his career. He was claimed by the Warriors after just two days, and signed with them on March 3. Al’s minutes plummeted even further on the Warriors, dipping all the way to just 14.3 minutes per game. His rookie contract finished, Al Thornton’s NBA career ended not with a bang but a whimper. He was still just 27 years old.

2011-2012: Al didn’t sign another basketball contract until February 19 of 2012. Perhaps he was still waiting on a call from an NBA team that never came, or maybe he was just taking time away from the game. Regardless, he joined the Guayama Warriors of the Puerto Rican Basketball League—a very long way from the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points per game for them, one of the league’s leaders…. but Al’s problem was never scoring.

2012-2013: Al moved on from Puerto Rico to that infamous home of many an ex-NBA volume scorer: China. He signed with the Zhejiang Lions on September 29, 2012, and as most ex-NBA players do, put up ridiculous stats. Al scored 27.4 points per game on 46% shooting from the field and 42.9% from 3— impressive considering how poor his outside shooting had been in the NBA. He even pulled down 9.5 rebounds per game, albeit against much smaller and less athletic competition than in the NBA. Unfortunately, Al sustained an injury mid-season, and was waived for similar-playing gunner Gary Forbes.

2013-2014: After rehabbing from his injury for around a year, Al re-signed with the Guayama Wizards in Puerto Rico. He improved on his stats from his previous stint, scoring 21.7 points and pulling down 7.5 rebounds per game in just 31 minutes. Al still hadn’t developed his playmaking skills much, however, averaging just 1.9 assists per game—awful for such a ball dominant player. Sometime towards the end of the season, Al suffered yet another injury, this time in his knee.

2014-2016: Al joined the NLEX Road Warriors of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) on January 2, 2015, and then re-upped with them for the 2016 season. In this most recent season, he averaged a staggering 36.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game on 55% shooting from the floor and 42% from three. Among his many great performances was a 69 point outburst, the likes of which the Philippines had probably never seen before. Just several weeks ago, he led the Philippines to a gold medal in the 38th William Jones cup– an international FIBA-Asia tournament—by throwing up double-double after double-double.

The Future: To my knowledge Al has not yet signed with a team for the 2016-2017 season. His performances in the PBA and the William Jones Cup surely demonstrate that he has good basketball ahead of him, and he should be able to find a home somewhere. Al is 32, and his chances of ever returning to the NBA are very small, but anything is possible. Just a couple years ago he was still getting interest from NBA teams in regards to at least a training camp invite, but preferred guaranteed money and a bigger role overseas. Outside of age, the roadblocks to an NBA comeback are primarily the same they always were– below average passing and defense. Look for him to sign somewhere in Asia or possibly Europe in the coming months. Good luck to Al, a truly terrific scorer (and apparently teammate) who never quite found a way to add much else to his game.

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One day after the Clippers suffered their most lopsided defeat in franchise history, center Cheap Serge Ibaka Jersey called himself comfortable with the direction his team is headed.

“I don’t think last night’s gonna define who we are,” Ibaka said Monday.

Who are the Clippers, exactly, through three games? Before becoming the first NBA team in the 66-year shot-clock era to fall behind by 50 points at halftime, en route to a 51-point loss to Dallas, the Clippers had held off the Lakers and Denver by improving their offensive and defensive execution during critical moments.

But after taking a punch from Dallas early in Sunday’s first quarter, however, “they should have had more fight,” coach Tyronn Lue said before practice.

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Ibaka, the 11-year veteran, believes offense won’t be a problem for the Clippers, even though they made only four of 33 three-pointers, shot 34% overall and attacked the paint just 16 times in the loss, according to Lue. The misfires belied the quality of many attempts. Fifteen three-pointers were taken when the closest defender was six or more feet away, the NBA’s definition of wide open. The problem was, the Clippers made only two of them.

What will define the Clippers, Ibaka said, is their willingness to compete on defense consistently.

“We cannot forget that defense wins championships,” he said.

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Said second-year guard Cheap Terance Mann Jersey: “We got a new defensive coach so new defensive schemes, things of that nature. To be locked in defensively isn’t an easy thing to do, and it will take time. We got plenty of games left so it will come as time goes. But we are on the right track.”

Getting Cheap Kawhi Leonard Jersey (lacerated mouth) and Cheap Marcus Morris Jersey (sore knee) back in the lineup would provide a boost to the defense, and Lue said both would practice Monday, though the extent of their workload was unclear given the practice was scheduled to be a “mental day” for the team, according to Mann.

Lue didn’t say whether either would play Tuesday against Minnesota, offering only that the team would “see how they feel.”

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“I’ve been in the league for 24 years and so I’ve seen crazy things happen. But it’s over and it’s behind us and now we’ve got to look forward,” Lue said of the loss. “We can’t keep dwelling on what happened last year and what happened last game. Now we’ve got to focus on Minnesota, and I think our guys are in the right frame of mind to do that.”

Ibaka and Lue’s confidence in the Clippers’ direction is based on more data points than three games. Having been inside practices and huddles, they expressed a strong belief that the team is building good habits.

“They kicked our butt, no excuses, but I really liked the way our guys and Kawhi and Marcus and Serge and [Cheap Paul George Jersey] and Pat Beverley and those guys were very encouraging to the young guys who were playing most of the second half,” Lue said. “Just staying engaged and still being a part of the team.”

While coaches met in a separate huddle during one timeout Sunday, Leonard pulled down his mask to say a few words to his teammates. The moment, though brief, was consistent with the way the typically reticent Leonard has attempted to be more vocal.

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Upon his hiring in October, Lue challenged Leonard and George to make their teammates better through the way they play. In Leonard’s case, that emphasis has extended to the way he carries himself, said Ibaka, who knows better than most the kind of confidence Leonard can instill in teammates from winning a title alongside him in Toronto two seasons ago.

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“I talked to him when I got here and I told him, ‘Listen, you are our leader, and we need to follow you by example, you know?’” Ibaka said. “Leaders need not only to come on the court and score 30 points. You have to show the team, your teammates, like you’re willing to give everything for them. You’re here to win a championship and you really want to win a championship and we all gonna follow you.

“And so far, he be doing a great job on that. He been communicating with everybody, he be coming earlier for his work, staying [late]. This is something really new I see from Kawhi. I remember the last time I was in Toronto, I see Kawhi coming in early and put some work and stay after practice and so far this year, he be doing that. So that’s something you want to see from your best player.”

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When: 7 p.m.

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Update: Both the Timberwolves (2-1) and Clippers (2-1) are coming off losses Sunday by at least 40 points. Minnesota will play without center Karl-Anthony Towns because of a dislocated left wrist that will keep the centerpiece of Minnesota’s lineup out for an indefinite period. … Anthony Edwards, the No. 1 draft pick last month, has averaged 16.0 points on 42% shooting with 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists through three games.