Lakers Gameday | 01/09/09 | Lakers 121, Pacers 119

Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 2

Lakers Game day

Memphis LogoIndiana Pacers
Eastern Conference Standing : 13
Streak: Lost 1

Injury Report Injury Report
  • Lamar Odom (bone bruise, right knee) is day-to-day.
  • Jordan Farmar (lateral meniscus tear, left knee) is out.
  • Luke Walton (sesamoiditis, right foot) is out.
  •; background-repeat:repeat-y;">
    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Indiana Pacers 36 30 18 35 119
    Los Angeles Lakers 41 27 28 25 121
    • Mike Dunleavy (sore right knee), is day-to-day.
    • Marquis Daniels (strained left groin), is day-to-day.
    • T.J. Ford (sore lower back), is day-to-day.


  • 56 - This game was a thriller coming down to the wire as both teams were shooting efficiently from the floor. The Lakers ended the night making 44 of 78 attempts for 56% from the field. Pacers were shooting close to 66% at halftime but finished the night shooting 48% from the field making 41 of their 88 attempts.
  • 37 - The Lakers were playing aggressively tonight, driving to the basket and getting the fouls called their way. They made 28 of their 37 free throw attempts on their win over the Pacers.
  • 28 - At the end of the first half of the game both teams had already accumulated 19 assists a piece on a high scoring game. The Lakers finished the night with 28 assists and the Pacers with 30.
  • 22 - The game was close all night long as both teams kept pouring down the shots one after another. The game was tied a total of 22 times and the lead changed 18 times throughout the course of the game.
  • 13 - Season high in assists for Kobe Bryant as he dished out 13 to go along with his game winning shot over the Pacers. Bryant was only two shy of his career high on 2/12/02 against Washington.
    ---Francisco Gomez,
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Vladimir Radmanovic
    V. Radmanovic

    Box Score | Play-by-Play | Quotes

  • Postgame
  • Lakers - Pacers Running Diary
  • Previewing the Pacers with Conrad Brunner
  • All-Star Breakdown: Western Forwards


  • Lakers en Espanol: 01/09/09
  • Post-Game Locker Talk
  • Phil Jackson Post-Game
  • Postgame: Kobe Bryant
  • Highlights
  • Lakers Shootaround: Jim Cleamons
  • Lakers Highlights

    Los Angeles Lakers Indiana Pacers
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Vladimir Radmanovic
    V. Radmanovic
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    Jarrett Jack
    J. Jack
    Stephen Graham
    S. Graham
    Danny Granger
    D. Granger
    Troy Murphy
    T. Murphy
    Roy Hibbert
    R. Hibbert

    Kobe takes over down stretch as Lakers edge Pacers

    LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant made a tiebreaking jumper with 3 seconds left and scored the Lakers' last 11 points, giving Los Angeles a 121-119 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

    Bryant finished with 36 points and 13 assists. After his turnaround jumper, the Pacers took a timeout but were unable to get off a shot before the final buzzer.

    The Lakers improved their home record to 19-2 and remained tied with Cleveland for the best overall record in the league at 29-6. The Cavaliers beat Boston 98-83 in Cleveland earlier Friday to improve their home mark to 19-0.

    The Pacers' Danny Granger scored 28 points before fouling out with 47 seconds remaining. Troy Murphy had 24 and Mike Dunleavy, whose 3-pointer with 27 seconds left drew the Pacers even at 119, finished with 22 points.

    Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, and Andrew Bynum had 20 points.

    The game was tight all the way, but the Lakers never trailed after an 11-2 run that began with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter. Bryant had nine points during that spurt, which gave Los Angeles a 96-84 lead heading into the fourth.

    Gasol had 17 points and Bryant 14 during the high-scoring first half, but Granger had 16 and Murphy 14 and the Lakers were up just 68-66. No more than six points separated the teams in the half, when there were 10 lead changes.

    Gasol had 11 of Los Angeles' 41 points during the first quarter, but the Lakers couldn't shake the Pacers, who trailed by just five after the first 12 minutes. Granger had 10 points to help Indiana stay close.

    With shooters on both teams getting open looks during a mostly defenseless first quarter, the Pacers went 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) from the floor and the Lakers were 17-of-24 (70.8).

    Los Angeles finished 56.8 percent from the floor and Indiana shot 48.8 percent.

    Game notes
    The Pacers beat the Lakers 118-117 on Dec. 2, winning on Murphy's tip-in at the buzzer. ... Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson isn't sure when Lamar Odom, who has missed three consecutive games because of a bone bruise in his right knee, will return. "You can't project on the situation," Jackson said, adding that he hopes Odom will be back -- and at 100 percent -- soon.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    by Mike Trudell,

    On Dec. 2nd in Indiana, Pacers forward Troy Murphy tipped in a Marquis Daniels miss to buzzer-beat the Lakers, who had led by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter. The Lakers look for revenge Friday night at STAPLES against a team that welcomed back Mike Dunleavy Jr. from injury just this Wednesday in a last-second win at Phoenix.

    To break down the squad from Indianapolis, we talked to Pacers Director of Internet Marketing Conrad Brunner.

    Lakers - Pacers Preview

    The Indiana Pacers look like they've finally shaken their season-long struggle to win close games. That might not do them much good if they can't stay competitive against the Western Conference-best Los Angeles Lakers.

    The Lakers look to improve to 19-2 at Staples Center as they go for their eighth win in nine games overall Friday night against the Pacers.

    Indiana (13-22) is stuck at the bottom of the Central Division in large part because of its inability to win tight games. The Pacers are 0-4 in overtime and were 3-11 in games decided by six points or fewer after dropping four straight by a combined 12 points from Dec. 23-30.

    Indiana, though, has reversed its fortunes in January, opening the month 3-1 with wins by two, five and three points. Danny Granger made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 113-110 road victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night.

    "When I got that open look, I let it go," said Granger, who scored 37 points with five 3-pointers. "I'm always confident it's going in the hole. I got two screens and made the shot. This is a big momentum builder for us."

    Pacers coach Jim O'Brien thinks experience in close games has helped his young team take some big steps lately.

    "We've won three out of the last four ballgames and they were all tight," he said. "We're learning by being in so many close games."

    The Pacers pulled off a close victory over the Lakers (28-6) in Indianapolis on Dec. 2, when Troy Murphy's tip-in at the buzzer gave them a 118-117 win.

    However, the Lakers - tied with Cleveland for the best record in the league - still present an enormous challenge, particularly at Staples Center, where they've won 18 of 20 games. Los Angeles, which leads the West in point differential at 9.3, is beating opponents by an average of 10.8 at home.

    Though the Lakers lost their last home game 116-105 to New Orleans on Tuesday night, they rebounded with a 114-106 road victory over Golden State on Wednesday.

    Pau Gasol, held to 10 points, eight rebounds and 3-for-8 shooting against the Hornets, was one point shy of a season high with 33 against the Warriors. He added a career high-tying 18 rebounds and went 12-for-21 from the field.

    "I always like to bounce back aggressively after a game that I don't consider satisfying for me," Gasol said. "The positive thing we did tonight was throw the ball (into the low post) and go to work. You have to have balance in your game, and you have to take advantage of your strengths."

    The Lakers did that in their first game against the Pacers. They shot 51.3 percent from the field and had six players score in double figures, led by Kobe Bryant's 28 points.

    Los Angeles didn't do its part on defense, however, giving up a season-high point total and getting outrebounded 50-41. Granger had 32 points in that game.

    Granger, averaging 36.0 points over his last three games, should get plenty of help with Mike Dunleavy back from a knee injury that sidelined him for the first two months of the season. He had 14 points off the bench in his season debut Wednesday.

    "It felt great to be back and to get a win and a win in that fashion is terrific," said Dunleavy, Indiana's second-leading scorer with 19.1 points per game last season. "We need to get some wins and to get this one tonight, we'll take it. ... To win a game like that is like a cherry on a sundae."

    Including the 2000 NBA finals, Indiana has lost all 12 games it has played against the Lakers at Staples Center.

    Copyright 2008 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited

    The Lakers trail their season series with the Pacers 0-1 after losing in Indiana on a Troy Murphy tip-in at the buzzer on December 2. The Lakers swept last season’s series with Indiana (2-0) after having split each of the previous four season series with the Pacers 1-1. This will be the 71st meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers leading the all-time series 51-19. The Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 overall games against the Pacers. At STAPLES Center, however, the Lakers are 9-0 all-time against Indiana in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 11-6 against Indiana in the regular season and 4- 2 in the playoffs. Last season, the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak at Indiana with a 134-114 victory November 20, 2007 but are still just 3-7 at Conseco Fieldhouse since it opened in 1999 following their loss there earlier this season. In 22 career games (19 starts), Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.2 points against the Pacers and owns the series scoring record with 45 points 1/9/06 vs. Indiana at STAPLES Center. In 14 career games (all starts) against Indiana, Pau Gasol (21.2 points) is also averaging 20-plus points versus the Pacers for his career with a highgame of 31 points. Only Bryant, Derek Fisher and current Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw were on the court for Los Angeles in the 2000 NBA Finals versus Indiana while no players remain from the Pacer’s 2000 Eastern Conference Champion team. Additionally, Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is the son of former Lakers head coach and current Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. as well as a former Lakers ball boy.


    There are three key areas that turned victory into defeat in the game at Indiana on December 2nd. First, we turned the ball over 16 times for 23 Pacers points...


    Wednesday’s contest with the Warriors is the second of a back-to-back set with New Orleans and Golden State. On the season, the Lakers are just .500 (4-4) in the first game while going 6-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. This year, the Lakers will play 19 sets of back-to-back games during the 2008-09 regular season after having played 17 sets of back-to-backs in each of the previous two seasons. Last season, the Lakers were 13-4 in the first game and 12-5 in the second game of back-to-backs.

    With their loss to the Hornets January 6, the Lakers 15-game home win streak came to an end. The Lakers’ streak was the third 15-game home win streak in the past 20 seasons and tied for the longest since the team won 17-straight during the 1988-89 campaign. In both 2001-02 and 2002-03, the Lakers closed out the season winning 15 straight at home. The Lakers parlayed their close to 2002-03 by opening 2003-04 12-0 for the longest combined season home win streak in franchise history (27). The franchise record for most consecutive home victories in a single season is 21, established during the 1976-77 season.

    On January 1, La Gazzetta dello Sport, one of the premier sports journals in the world, named Pau Gasol European Player of the Year. The prestigious award was decided on by a panel of judges comprised of players, coaches and basketball journalists. Gasol beat out Portland’s Rudy Fernandez (2nd) and Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu (3rd) and succeeds the Spurs Tony Parker, who won the award in 2007. Prior to Parker, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki had won the award five consecutive years from 2002-06. The first Spanish player to win the award, Gasol joins Arvydas Sabonis (6-time winner), Toni Kukoc (5-time winner), Nowitzki (5-time winner) Drazen Petrovic (4-time winner) and Parker as notable players to have won this award.

    The Lakers are currently ranked 1st in the NBA in points scored (107.2) and 15th in the NBA in points allowed (97.8) through 33 games this season. Through their first seven games of the season (7-0), the Lakers allowed just 86.7 points and held their opponents under 90 five times including two sub-80 games. However, in their past 26 games (20-6), the Lakers have surrendered an average of 101.1 points per game (2628). Since moving to LA, the Lakers have led the NBA in scoring four times (1965-66, 1971-72, 1985-86, 1997-98) but have never led the NBA in fewest points allowed. Additionally, the Lakers are ranked THIRD in the NBA in point differential, winning by an average margin of 9.3 points per game through 33 games this season. The franchise record for point differential in a season is +12.3 established by the 1971-72 Lakers. The next highest mark in franchise history was +9.3 by the 1986-87 Lakers, making the ‘71-72 season the only year in which a Lakers team has ever averaged victory by double-figures. Phil Jackson’s 1999-00 Lakers rank third on this list with a +8.5 average margin of victory.