Gordon returns to Indiana (as an NBA starter)

Eric Gordon doesn’t shoot well (5-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-6 from 3) but does hit two key baskets to help the Clippers to a 117-109 double-overtime win against the depleted Pacers. Indiana was without leading scorer Danny Granger, leading rebounder Troy Murphy and starter Marquis Daniels due to sickness.

Gordon scored on a designed play with 17 seconds left in regulation to cut the Pacers’ lead to one. After the Pacers hit two free throws, Al Thorton nailed a 3 to send the game into overtime.

Gordon found himself open with 1:22 left in the second overtime when the Pacers’ defense collapsed on a driving Baron Davis. But Davis kicked to Gordon, who hit his lone 3 to put the Clippers ahead 114-107.

Gordon created a buzz earlier this week by saying drug usage by some of his Indiana teammates ruined last season. On Friday, he refused to discuss those comments.

“I’m not going to discuss any issues that happened in the past,” he told reporters before the game. “What happened in the past, happened in the past, and we’re going to move on from here.”

Gordon also said that former coach Kelvin Sampson tried to corral the drug problem but was unable to because he was too focused on winning. Sampson, now an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, refused comment through a team spokesman when asked about Gordon’s assertion.

The Clippers play in Milwaukee Saturday night. Gordon said he is looking forward to playing against Sampson, the coach who convinced/allowed him to renege on his verbal to Illinois and commit to Indiana.

“He follows me a lot,” Gordon said of Sampson. “We stay in contact with each other. There’s nothing between us. We’re always going to be together.”

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Tom Crean was here a few minutes ago. My guess is that he was here recruiting the six-year-olds then playing.

He left shortly after their game ended to continue his recruiting, likely at a nearby high school.

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Hordes of Eric Gordon fans have gathered here at Conseco Fieldhouse for tonight’s Pacers-Clippers game.

Much to their delight, Gordon led the Clippers onto the floor for warmups seconds ago.

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