KOBE BRYANT
Lakers leader racked up 32 points in 31 minutes, making 5-of-9 from the 3-point line and 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and four assists.
JIM O'BRIEN
“We got pounded by a very, very good basketball team that seemed quicker at every position tonight. We just did not play with the energy, defensively, that was necessary to give those guys a game. … We just had a bad basketball game tonight.”
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 50, Lakers 38
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 18, Lakers 14
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 26, Lakers 5
  • Points off turnovers: Lakers 14, Pacers 10
  • Starters scoring: Lakers 81, Pacers 54
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 60, Lakers 53
  • The Lakers' 134 points were the most scored by any NBA team this season; were the most allowed by the Pacers since a 141-140 double-overtime loss to Dallas on Feb. 5, 2002; and were the most allowed by the Pacers in regulation since a 140-121 loss at Golden State on Jan. 4, 1992.
    The Pacers hit the road to face former teammate Peja Stojakovic and the Hornets in New Orleans Wednesday (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WIBC 1070-AM).
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  • L.A. LAKERS 134, INDIANA 114
    Flat Pacers pancaked by Lakers

    By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 20, 2007


    It wasn’t so much the 32 points in 31 minutes from Kobe Bryant. No, it was more the matter of all those other numbers put up by all those other guys. When Andrew Bynum outplays Jermaine O’Neal by a wide margin, when Jordan Farmar is the best point guard on the floor, the problem is bigger than any one player.

    Getting strong production from virtually every player on the roster, the Lakers took control in the second quarter and did not relent in rolling to a 134-114 rout of the Pacers Tuesday before 11,577 in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Lakers' 134 points were the most scored by any NBA team this season; were the most allowed by the Pacers since a 141-140 double-overtime loss to Dallas on Feb. 5, 2002; and were the most allowed by the Pacers in regulation since a 140-121 loss at Golden State on Jan. 4, 1992.

    The Lakers (7-3) won their fourth in a row overall and snapped a four-game losing streak in Indianapolis. The Pacers (4-7) were unable to follow up their impressive performance in a 20-point victory over Utah Saturday and lost for the sixth time in seven games, falling to 3-4 at home.

    “We got pounded by a very, very good basketball team that seemed quicker at every position tonight,” said Coach Jim O’Brien. “We just did not play with the energy, defensively, that was necessary to give those guys a game. … We just had a bad basketball game.”

    The Lakers shot .583 overall and were 13-of-25 from the 3-point line. The Pacers, meanwhile, shot just .408 overall and were 6-of-27 from the arc (.222) – and that included a 3-of-5 night from Shawne Williams, who scored a career-high 24 off the bench.

    Even Williams’ output couldn’t soothe O’Brien’s mood because he was more concerned about the second-year forward’s defensive breakdowns.

    “Frankly, I don’t care who scores a lot of points,” he said. “I know our guys can score. Shawne has a long way to go defensively -- he should because he’s a young player. But he’s a smart guy and he’ll get there.”

    The Pacers led 46-45 early in the second period but Bryant and Bynum combined for 20 points in a 26-12 run that pushed the Lakers to a 71-58 lead. Indiana closed to 78-70 early in the third but the Lakers again answered, this time with a 15-6 burst to make it 93-76.

    Indiana’s poor performance was punctuated in the early minutes of the fourth quarter when, with Bryant on the bench, the Lakers’ reserves put together a 12-0 run as the Pacers missed nine straight shots.

    “They came out and just outplayed us,” said Tinsley. “They shot well. We didn’t defend that well. We must learn from this and get on to the next game. We have to play both ends of the floor, which means we have to defend better and we have to shoot better.”

    Danny Granger scored 17 with six rebounds and three assists. Jermaine O’Neal scored 14 on 4-of-13 shooting with just three rebounds. David Harrison had a solid 12 points off the bench. Marquis Daniels scored 11 but shot 4-of-13. Tinsley had 10 points and 10 assists and Troy Murphy and Jeff Foster had 12 rebounds apiece.

    Complementing Bryant were seven other Lakers in double figures. Farmar scored 18 on 7-of-10 shooting with four assists. In his first start of the season, Bynum made all six of his shots and finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks – three against O’Neal. Sasha Vujacic scored 12, while Vladimir Radmanovic, Derek Fisher and Luke Walton scored 11 apiece and Lamar Odom added 10.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • O’Brien said Harrison “tweaked his back” in the morning shootaround and was not certain to play, but put in one of his better efforts of the season.
  • The Lakers were shorthanded because of a trade announced 90 minutes before tipoff. They acquired forward Trevor Ariza (8.9 points, 4.4 rebound) from Orlando for forward Brian Cook (2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds) and guard-forward Maurice Evans (4.4 points). Kwame Brown missed the game due to sprains of his knee and ankle.
  • Lakers rookie Coby Karl, son of Nuggets Coach George Karl, scored his fist NBA points on free throws late in the game.