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Box Score Indiana Pacers 23 28 26 18 95
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Pacers top Lakers 95-92 in 1st road win at Staples

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant scored 41 points but missed two tying 3-point attempts in the final seconds of the Indiana Pacers' first victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, 95-92 Sunday night.

Danny Granger added 18 points for the Pacers, who followed up their surprising road win over Miami six days ago with an even more stunning victory. Indiana had lost 11 straight to the Lakers on the road since Feb. 14, 1999, shortly before Staples Center opened.

Bryant scored 23 points in the second half as the two-time defending champions rallied back from a 15-point deficit in the second half, pulling to 93-92 on Pau Gasol's free throws before Hibbert dunked in traffic with 16.4 seconds left.

Bryant missed a good look at a tying 3-pointer and another chance from well behind the line right before time expired.

Darren Collison scored 14 points for the Pacers, who have stayed competitive despite their obvious lack of offensive firepower this season by playing stellar defense. Only Utah has held opponents to a lower field-goal percentage this season than Indiana and the Lakers, which had both allowed 43.1 percent shooting entering the game.

Pau Gasol had 13 points and 12 rebounds while getting outplayed by Hibbert down low, andLamar Odom added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Lakers' second straight loss after a five-game winning streak.

Los Angeles' home streak against Indiana was its longest against any opponent, but the Lakers dropped to 8-2 at home. The Pacers opened a four-game road swing with just their fifth road win over the Lakers in 38 trips.

Bryant scored 15 consecutive points for the Lakers to close the third quarter, and the Lakers chopped Indiana's lead to five points with a 13-3 run into the fourth. Indiana held the Lakers to one basket in the next five-plus minutes, but Ron Artest hit a 3-pointer with 2:43 left to trim the Pacers' lead to 89-86.

The Pacers traded baskets with Bryant until Brandon Rush missed a 3-pointer and Gasol hit two free throws with 34.1 seconds left. Gasol then lost track of Hibbert down low, and the center slammed home his final points.

Gasol played 45 minutes and Odom logged 40 in the first of four games in six days for the Lakers, whose enviable depth is being tested early due to the slow recovery of center Andrew Bynum from offseason knee surgery.

Before the game, coach Phil Jackson expressed his strongest concerns yet about his frontcourt depth, saying Gasol's heavy minutes—a team-leading 38.7 per game heading into Sunday—are his biggest concern about the first month of the season. Jackson also lamented the Lakers' inability or unwillingness to bring in a backup center to replace injured Theo Ratliff.

"I guess it's just not in the cards," Jackson said. "There are some things we can't do."

Bynum felt fine after participating in a few half-court drills with the Lakers during Saturday's practice, but Jackson still has no idea when his starting center will be ready to play. Bynum said he hoped to return in three weeks, but Jackson doesn't know where Bynum got his timetable.

"We had hoped it would be three weeks about three weeks ago," Jackson said. "It's not just a simple operation, and whether this is successful or not, we don't know. He's still struggling."

Notes: Lakers rookie Devin Ebanks didn't play while battling the flu, leaving Los Angeles with just 11 players in uniform. GT.J. Ford played for Indiana despite a similar illness. … Fans near courtside included Anthony Kiedis and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stedman Graham and Arsenio Hall.


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41 Season-high points scored by Kobe Bryant on 14-of-33 shooting, including 3-for-8 from three and 10-of-13 free throws. Bryant scored 23 of his 41 in the second half, but they weren't enough to get the Lakers a win for this reason:

"I thought we played a lethargic game tonight," summarized Phil Jackson. "I thought (Indiana) out-hustled us and obviously it paid off for them."

38.6 L.A.'s shooting percentage.

23 Combined percentage of shots made by Derek Fisher (2-for-8) and Shannon Brown (2-for-9). Phil Jackson neglected to worry about it, suggesting that "shooters will go through a slump," referring to the fact that the two guards were also a combined 3-for-15 at Utah on Friday.

15 Straight points scored by Bryant in the final 4:37 of the third quarter, cutting Indiana's 15-point lead down to eight heading into the fourth. This a game after Bryant scored 14 straight in the fourth quarter against Indiana. For all the scoring Bryant did, he didn't even want to talk about offense after the contest, instead relaying his genuine anger about how the team failed to play good defense.

1 Victory for Indiana at STAPLES Center, ever, coming on 11/28/10.




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Points Bryant 41, 14-33 FG
Rebounds Gasol 12, 4 OFF 8 DEF
Assists Fisher 5
Steals Artest, Fisher, Brown 2
Blocks Gasol 3


POSTGAME QUOTES


Lakers coach Phil Jackson on tonight's game:
"I thought we played a lethargic game tonight. I was encouraging them from the first timeout through the third quarter to play harder. I thought they out-hustled us and obviously it paid off for them in a win."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on tonight's loss:
"I thought our offense was really stagnant the first half, obviously we shot poorly tonight. I thought we were really stagnant and I think that maybe the size had something to do with it—we couldn't get the ball into Pau and when that happens, I think, sometimes we get a little bit stifled on our offensive end."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on a common denominator between tonight's loss and the loss in Utah:
"No, well I think the rebounding was. Anytime you give up that second chance at points you're offset between ours and theirs."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Matt Barnes:
"I don't know, I thought he did a good job on Granger tonight and when he came out of the game I was substituting Matt in there, and Matt got some things going for us in the first half, so he ran a little bit longer that might have been the difference. But you know, Matt's going to play 18 minutes a game."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Brown and Fisher's shooting:
"No, they'll go through a slump but, you know shooters will do that. Shannon didn't get the ball in his hand right; there were just some mechanics about his shot tonight that wasn't right. Fish hasn't had opportunities really to set in and get his shot in the last couple games. So he had one that was a good looking shot, it just didn't go in."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on their offense tonight:
"We went to the situation where you get fifteen down you have to go to the get back in the game plan. So there's no waiting around for our offense to start working. Our guys just didn't get the ball, they didn't move themselves right, and we've got to give the defense some credit."






Lakers' Ron Artest on their offense tonight:
"I'm not sure, that's more of a coach…the coach will probably address it and see some things out there...he does a great job…I'm sure he will get us going."

Lakers' Ron Artest on the loss to Utah [Jazz] in comparison to tonight's loss:
"I think the first two losses that we had I think it started three days before that, so these losses show a little bit different…although it took us time to get our momentum back. We slipped a little bit but we'll be okay."






Lakers' Lamar Odom on what he thinks is going on with his teams' offense:
"Probably our defense. We didn't get enough stops. The team was comfortable and confident…we got beat."

Lakers' Lamar Odom on what the team needs to fix before Tuesdays game:
"Focus. Our energy and effort…we need to sustain it throughout the whole game. It was disappointing after letting a team come back from nineteen…it was real disappointing and we have to go back to the drawing board."







Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the Lakers recent offensive struggles and if it's a defensive problem:
"It always is [a defensive problem]. We won a Finals game last year only scoring 80 points… We're a good enough offensive team where we're not going to struggle like this offensively. We're going to score points. But defensively, we have to sure that up."

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on what the Lakers have to do to turn it around defensively:
"We have to execute well. We blew too many assignments and we didn't play with the right energy."

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the recent shooting struggles of Shannon Brown and Derek Fisher:
"If they miss them, we have to go get the rebound. It's as simple as that. You can't put all the pressure on the shooters to make the shots all the time. Shots are going to fall some nights, and the nights they don't fall, we have to go get those rebounds. You can't put all that pressure on shooters because then they start thinking about their shot as opposed to relaxing and shooting it."







Lakers forward Pau Gasol on what contribute to the Lakers poor shooting percentage tonight:
"We didn't move the ball very well tonight. There was not much of a flow out there so guys weren't in any kind of rhythm."

Lakers forward Pau Gasol on what was the common denominator between tonight's loss and the Utah loss:
"I'm not sure. The Utah loss, we just let them get back into the game…And here, we just didn't come out from the get-go ready to match their intensity. Even though they weren't playing a great game in the first half, they were still out-hustling us…We just got outplayed tonight."




Indiana Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien on the win tonight:
"Great win for us to beat the champions on their court. We've been playing well, but this is a huge win, ranks right up there with our game at Miami."

Indiana Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien on Roy Hibbert's defense tonight:
"We just felt Roy is tall enough to bother Gasol's shots. I think Solomon Jones did the same thing. Pau missed some in close shots that he normally doesn't miss, but we were willing to allow our guys to play those two guys [Kobe Bryant and Gasol] one-on-one and just see what happened."

Indiana Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien on if he thought Kobe Bryant would take over the game:
"Well, we know he's going to score. The main thing I thought that we did an exceptional job is we kept running it back at them. Whether they scored we just ran it back to see where we can get, and if we couldn't get anything we moved them. And our best chance on offense is to keep tempo north, south, east and west. If we can't get run for close shots, we reverse the ball and get into our passing game."

Indiana Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien on his team's defense tonight and for the season:
"It's early on. The main thing about our basketball team is we're one of the top defensive teams in the league right now. If we defend, then we can win the game. You got to play top-five field goal defense in order to be able to win on the road, and we've been able to do that."

Indiana Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien on his team's defense on the final sequence of the game:
"I'll have to look at it. I'm pleased with our defense overall. But I think Kobe had too many looks at threes. We needed to chase him over on the picks."






Pacers forward Danny Granger on the magnitude of the Pacers victory:
"This is a big statement. Once again we hung out hats on our defense. They shoot only 38 percent, we didn't put them to the free throw line too much. We got away with a few [miscues] in the first half, we weren't challenging their shots and they just missed them, but we picked it up in the second half. It was a good win for us."

Pacers forward Danny Granger on Roy Hibbert's performance tonight:
"He had a great performance. He was tough to handle out there. He was finding people well off the block and rebounding the ball well. It was a great night for him."

Pacers forward Danny Granger on beating the Lakers on the road:
"This is a big win for us to come into L.A. and beat the world champions on their home-court is a huge win for us. It gives us a lot of motivation and confidence on this west coast road trip.






Pacers guard Darren Collison on the Pacers win:
"It means a lot for us and a lot for our organization. We came out and we played hard and we believed. We took steps and that resulted in a victory."

Pacers guard Darren Collison on the Pacers team defense:
"We played good team defense. We have been doing that for the last couple weeks or so, so we just need to stay focused on our defensive roles and the rest will fall into place.







Pacers center Roy Hibbert on playing Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol:
"We had to guard two of the best players in the league, both MVP candidates, Pau Gasol, one of the best post players in the game right now and obviously the Black Mamba, obviously he's the best player, so I think we had quite the task to play good defense and we really jelled tonight"

Pacers center Roy Hibbert on the final sequence of plays:
"The perimeter guys did a really good job. Kobe [Bryant] hit some really tough shots and we could not have asked for anything more from those guys to put pressure on him and obviously that's why he's one of the best players in the world right now. They hit a big shot and then we would just try to come back down the court and get another one right away.

Pacers center Roy Hibbert on beating both the Heat and Lakers on the road:
"We're not sneaking up on anybody anymore. We are a very talented team. You know we got guys that can shoot and I'm trying to put in work down there in the post. Only good things can come if we keep working and communicating on the court."

Pacers center Roy Hibbert on why he was able to be successful tonight:
"Making sure I worked on getting low. I watched a lot of tap on Pau Gasol all summer. I watched all my clips against him offensively and defensively and all my footwork, my movement, my positioning, so I could try and take advantage. He's an extremely great player.







LAKERS VS. PACERS GAME PREVIEW

By MATT BECKER, STATS Senior Writer

Following a disappointing road loss, the Los Angeles Lakers seem to have a very good chance to get back on track.

They've never lost at Staples Center against the Indiana Pacers, who visit Los Angeles on Sunday night to open a daunting four-game road trip.

Los Angeles (13-3) appeared well on its way to winning its sixth straight game Friday, leading Utah by as many as 19 points in the second quarter, but the Jazz charged back and handed the Lakers a 102-96 loss.

Kobe Bryant had 31 points and Pau Gasol added 21, but Los Angeles shot a season-worst 26.7 percent from 3-point range and failed to reach the 100-point mark for just the third time.

"There will be some tough times on the road," coach Phil Jackson said. "The road is not always easy out there."

Los Angeles has fared much better at home, especially against the Pacers.

The Lakers, 8-1 at Staples Center this season, have won 11 straight games in Los Angeles against Indiana, their longest active home winning streak over an opponent. The Lakers, winners of 17 of the last 18 meetings in Los Angeles, last lost to the Pacers at home Feb. 14, 1999. They moved to Staples Center the following season.

It didn't really matter where these teams met last season, as Los Angeles outscored Indiana by an average of 22.5 points in winning both games. Although both Bryant and Gasol played limited minutes, the 12-time All-Star shooting guard averaged 26.5 points and 6.5 assists while the 7-foot Spaniard averaged 17.5 points and 14.5 rebounds.

Indiana (7-7) has played a league-low five road games but will nearly double that total this week.

After playing in Los Angeles, the Pacers, who have had only two road games since Nov. 4, visit Sacramento on Tuesday and Utah the following night before concluding the trip in Phoenix on Friday. Since the 2006-07 season, Indiana is 3-13 in those four cities.

"Going out West, we feel we can play with any of them," Indiana'sDanny Granger said. "We will give ourselves a chance to win."

The Pacers, 3-2 on the road, had plenty of chances to beat Oklahoma City on Friday but lost 110-106 in overtime. They led by 14 points early in the third quarter and by five with 2:02 remaining in regulation.

"We're confident we can play with anybody," said forwardJosh McRoberts, who had a season-high 13 points. "That's not enough. You've got to go out and win against anybody."

The Pacers have struggled to do that in games against the league's best teams.

Since Nov. 13, Indiana is 3-0 against opponents with losing records, but 1-3 against teams over .500. The Pacers' lone victory over a winning team was a 93-77 win at Miami on Monday.

Indiana lost Friday despite having all five starters score in double figures for the first time this season, with Granger leading the way with 30 points.

Granger, averaging a team-high 22.0 points, had little luck against the Lakers last season, scoring 23 points on 6-of-17 shooting in the two meetings.


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Lakers Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery) is out.
Lamar Odom
(sore right foot) is probable.
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is out.

Mavs T.J. Ford (stomach virus) is game-time decision


11/28 - IND @ LAL
12/15 - LAL @ IND


The Indiana Pacers bring a 7-7 record into tonight's game. Head Coach Jim O'Brien and his entire coaching staff have the Pacers competing hard at both ends of the floor. They execute their offense well and usually have very good spacing. They like to use an attack that features a high post and lots of movement so we must make sure we do not over-extend ourselves or we will be vulnerable to the basket cut or lobs that make a defense look so bad. The Pacers prefer an up-tempo game and they have a multitude of guys who can push the ball in order to create this kind of flow. Our transition defense will be tested all night long. This team likes to shoot a lot of three pointers so we must recognize the fact that long shots can equal long rebounds. Our guards must make sure to come back to the elbow areas in order to grab some rebounds. The Pacers have shown a small lineup at times recently with Posey at the 4 and McRoberts at the 5.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers won last season's series with Utah 3-1 and have now taken each of the last four season series from the Jazz: 2006-07 (2-1), 2007-08 (3-1), 2008-09 (2-1), 2009-10 (3-1). The Jazz and Lakers have met 150 times in the regular season (96-54) and 131 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (83-49). The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 regular season games with the Jazz. The Lakers are 18-3 all-time against the Jazz at STAPLES Center during the regular season and have won their last nine straight (16 in a row including the playoffs). In Utah, the Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last 10 regular season games at EnergySolutions Arena. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 26-12 against Utah in the regular season. On 12/9/09 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers held the Jazz to the third fewest fourth quarter points (6) in the NBA's shot clock era. In 2006, the Lakers scored a series record 132 points in a 132-102 victory 11/30/06 at STAPLES Center, improving upon the old mark of 131 points achieved at Utah 12/4/86. In that game, Kobe Bryant established a new series-high with 52 points against the Jazz, surpassing his own record of 43 points (3/22/05) while also bettering Adrian Dantley's Jazz mark of 50 established in November of 1979. Bryant's 30-point 3rd quarter tied his own franchise record and is tied for the 4th-highest scoring quarter in NBA history. In 46 games against the Jazz (38 starts), Bryant is averaging 26.1 points. Additionally, Lakers guard Derek Fisher played the 2006-07 season for Utah, appearing in all 82 games, starting 61 and averaging 10.1 points and 3.3 assists in 27.9 minutes. In the postseason, the Lakers and Jazz have met six times (1988, 1997, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2010) with the Lakers advancing on four occasions: 1988 Western Conference Semifinals (4-3), 2008 Western Conference Semifinals (4-2), 2009 Western Conference First Round 4-1 and 2010 Western Conference Semifinals 4-0.

GASOL'S PERFECT SHOOTING NIGHT
With 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists while shooting 10-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line, Pau Gasol became just the third player in the NBA's shot clock era to record a perfect shooting night from the field and the line with at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. The only other players to accomplish this rare feat are Gary Payton in January of 1995 (32 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists (14-14 FG, 3-3 FT)) and Charles Barkley in March of 1989 (31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists (10-10 FG, 9-9 FT)). Additionally, Gasol became the fifth Laker in franchise history to convert at least 10 field goals without a miss in a single game and the first to do so since Byron Scott went 10-for-10 2/26/86 at Dallas. Wilt Chamberlain converted a franchise record 14-of-14 field goals without a miss 3/11/69 vs. Detroit with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (11-11 FG twice) and Mitch Kupchak (11-11 FG) rounding out the list.

BARNES JOINS BARKLEY FOR UNIQUE DISTINCTION
With 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists 11/19 at Minnesota on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line, Matt Barnes joined Charles Barkley as the only other player in NBA history to post a minimum 20-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist night while not missing a single shot, with a minimum of 5 field goal attempts AND 5 free throw attempts. Barkley posted 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists on a perfect 10-of-10 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line in a 135-122 victory over the Spurs back on March 24, 1989 with the 76ers. Ironically, just one game later, Pau Gasol became the third player in NBA history to do so, posting 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists on 10-of-10 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the foul line in the Lakers victory 11/21 vs. Golden State.

PERFECT NIGHT FOR BARNES
In the Lakers 112-95 victory 11/19 at Minnesota, Matt Barnes came off the bench to score 24 points on a perfect night from the field and free-throw line (7-7 FG, 5-5 3FG, 5-5 FT). Since the NBA instituted the three-point shot prior to the 1979-80 season, only two other bench players have been perfect from the free-throw line and from three- point range with at least five attempts in each category in the same game. New Jersey's Bostjan Nachbar shot 6-for-6 from three-point range and 5-for-5 from the free- throw line on 4/15/07 and Craig Ehlo shot 5-for-5 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe for Atlanta on 1/30/96.

SHUTTING IT DOWN EARLY
In the Lakers victory 11/17 at Detroit, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. The 33 points are the most Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play in the fourth quarter or overtime since Feb. 23, 2007 against the Celtics. In that contest, Bryant scored 38 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter. The most points Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play the fourth quarter came on Dec. 20, 2005 when he posted 62 points in 33 minutes vs. Dallas (18-31 FG, 22-25 FT). Bryant established a franchise record for points in a quarter with 30 in the third of that contest, single-handedly outscoring the entire Mavericks team 62-61 through three quarters.

WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 117-89 victory over Golden State on November 21st, the Lakers recorded their THIRD wire-to-wire win of the season as well as their second against the Warriors (10/31 vs. GS) this year. The Lakers other wire-to-wire victory came in a 124-105 win 11/2 vs. Memphis. Last year, the Lakers claimed NINE wire-to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed); seven during the regular season and two during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City). During their previous championship run in 2008-09, the Lakers claimed 11 wire-to-wire victories; nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston). Last season, the Lakers also lost twice in wire-to-wire fashion (98-107 1/8/10 @ POR and 75-91 3/26/10 @ OKC).

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game vs. Indiana, Derek Fisher has played in 429 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 627 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 307 consecutive regular season games dating back to January 15, 2007, tops among all active players by more than 40 games (2nd - Andre Iguodala). Former Laker A.C. Green holds the NBA record for most consecutive games played with 1,192 dating from 11/19/86 – 4/18/01 while a member of the Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

BACK-TO-BACK
This season, the Lakers are 2-0 in the first game and 2-0 in the second game of back-to-backs. On the year, the Lakers will play 15 sets of back-to-back games as opposed to the 20 they faced a season ago. The only other time the Lakers have played 15 or fewer sets of back-to-back games came in the team's first ever NBA season (1948-49) when they also played 15 sets of back-to-backs. Chicago, Milwaukee and Atlanta lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2010-11 while Oklahoma City (17), Phoenix (16) and the Lakers (15) will play the fewest sets this season.






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