DARRELL ARMSTRONG
Scored eight of his 14 points to spark the game-turning rally, adding three assists, three rebounds and one resounding block in just 16 minutes of playing time.
RICK CARLISLE
"Obviously it's a great win. Neither team played great; that's pretty obvious. But our group off the bench to start the fourth got us into it and our starters came back in and got the job done. … The guys that guarded (Kobe Bryant) did what they could to make it a little tougher on him."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 44, Lakers 36
Fast-break points:
Lakers 11, Pacers 9
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 10, Lakers 8
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 24, Lakers 18
Starters scoring:
Lakers 69, Pacers 62
Bench scoring:
Pacers 33, Lakers 15
Jermaine O'Neal made his first four shots in the first 3½ minutes of the game; he made just three more, in 17 attempts, the rest of the night.
One of two February road games comes Saturday night in Memphis against Pau Gasol and the Grizzlies (8 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • INDIANA 95, L.A. LAKERS 84
    Armstrong, Granger Spark Comeback Win

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 2, 2007


    Darrell Armstrong insists he's going to dunk at least once before the season ends. That would come as less of a surprise than the huge, extremely unlikely, play he made Friday night. Stretching every millimeter out of whatever vertical leap remains at age 38, Armstrong blocked Sasha Vujacic's fast-break layup attempt and followed that up by feeding Rawle Marshall for the game-tying baseline floater.

    He also contributed in more conventional ways, tossing in a couple of 3-pointers while igniting a 28-6 run that wiped out a nine-point deficit as the Pacers rallied in a big way to beat the Lakers 95-84 Friday before an lively crowd of 17,662 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Pacers trailed 70-61 late in the third quarter but the second unit quickly reversed the momentum as Armstrong's second 3-pointer pushed the Pacers into a 75-74 lead before the starters returned. Danny Granger took over from there, scoring seven of the final nine points of what turned into a 28-6 run that pushed the Pacers into an 89-76 lead with 1:29 left.

    The Pacers (25-21) won their second in a row overall and fifth in a row at home, where they're 15-7. They're 5-2 since ex-Warriors Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy and Ike Diogu joined the rotation. Murphy, however, was lost midway through the first quarter with his second broken nose of the season. He did not return and isn't expected to make the trip to Memphis for Saturday night's game against the Grizzlies.

    The Lakers (28-19) lost their fourth in a row in Conseco Fieldhouse as the teams split the season series for the fourth straight year. Kobe Bryant scored just 22 points on a 7-of-25 shooting night.


    PLUSES

    When the final score is the most impressive statistic from a team's performance, that says something strong about a team's ability to find a way. Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 with nine rebounds, four blocks and three assists despite 7-of-21 shooting. Jamaal Tinsley was solid throughout with 16 points, six assists and four rebounds but committed five turnovers. Granger finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four steals but shot 6-of-15. Jeff Foster stepped into the void created by Murphy's injury and played his usual strong defense while falling one point shy of a double-double (nine points, 12 rebounds) adding three steals. Armstrong was his usual manic self and Mike Dunleavy fought through a 3-of-11 shooting night to score 10 with five rebounds and two assists. The defense, spearheaded by Granger with quite a bit of help, never allowed Bryant to get into a rhythm. The Lakers shot .381 for the game and were 5-of-23 from the arc.
    MINUSES
    Smush Parker was the Lakers' most problematic player, racking up 20 points and six steals. Bryant had five rebounds, five steals and four assists along with his 22 points but missed 18 shots and only got to the line for six attempts. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 11 with seven rebounds and Lamar Odom had a quiet double-double with 10 pounds and 12 rebounds, committing six turnovers.
    MOMENTS
    The Pacers started the game on fire, hitting their first six shots and jumping out to a 24-12 lead. They quickly burned out, going 10-of-36 the rest of the half as the Lakers chipped the deficit to 44-41. O'Neal missed 11 straight shots before hitting a driving left-hander to give the Pacers a 53-48 lead early in the third but the Lakers responded with their strongest push of the game. Parker scored 11 points in a 22-8 burst that pushed the visitors into a 70-61 lead late in the period.

    Armstrong's layup made it a seven-point game heading into the fourth and the Pacers immediately ignited. The Lakers missed 12 of 14 shots and committed seven turnovers in the first 10½ minutes of the period as the home team pushed the lead to 13. Bryant heaved in consecutive 3-pointers to cut the deficit to seven with 51 seconds left but the Pacers kept the Lakers at arm's length from the line.


    TIDBITS
  • Murphy missed the final four games of the Warriors' preseason schedule after suffering a broken nose Oct. 17 in Portland. He won't make the trip to Memphis for Saturday's game and will instead be fitted for a protective mask.
  • Keith McLeod, who had a strained abdominal muscle when the Pacers acquired him as part of the eight-player trade with Golden State on Jan. 17, was in uniform for the first time.
  • David Harrison has been cleared to return but was inactive for his 23rd game in a row and 35th in the last 38.
  • Marquis Daniels missed his third game in a row with tendinitis in his left knee.
  • The Pacers won for just the fourth time in 21 games when they've trailed entering the fourth quarter.