Inside the Game: Lakers 122, Pacers 99 100302
Player of the Game
Scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, adding four rebounds and two steals in 23 active, energetic minutes off the bench.
Points in the paint:
Lakers 56, Pacers 44
Lakers 15, Pacers 11
Lakers 13, Pacers 12
Points off turnovers:
Lakers 23, Pacers 20
Lakers 74, Pacers 53
Lakers 48, Pacers 46
Stat of the Night
The Pacers remained winless against the Lakers in Staples center, dropping to 0-14 overall including three losses in the 2000 NBA Finals.
The road trip continues Wednesday night in Portland against the Trail Blazers (10 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
Just when it looked like the Pacers might be able to make a game of it, the Lakers showed just how much looks can be deceiving.
After the Pacers closed to 62-61 early in the third quarter, the Lakers erupted for a 41-10 run over the next 10 minutes to blow it open and coast to a 122-99 rout before 18,997 Tuesday in Staples Center.
Kobe Bryant scored 14 of his 24 points from the free-throw line to lead six Lakers in double figures. Troy Murphy led the Pacers with 17 points and 13 rebounds while forward Josh McRoberts came off the bench to produce a career-high 15.
The Pacers dropped to 0-14 against the Lakers in Staples Center and 1-18 on the road against teams at .500 or better this season. They're 20-40 overall and 7-24 on the road. The Lakers improved to 46-15 overall and 29-5 at home, both records the best in the Western Conference.
The Pacers started well and remained close throughout the first half. But a very poor finish to the half foretold the looming collapse. Down 56-54 in the final minute, the Pacers got a stop and should've had the chance at the final shot to tie. But Brandon Rush couldn't secure the rebound and was tied up by Pau Gasol, losing the tip. Danny Granger then committed a bad foul against Bryant with four seconds left, giving up two free throws. T.J. Ford then got trapped on the sideline and stepped out of bounds, giving Bryant just enough time for a buzzer-beater. Instead of a tie game at the half, the Pacers were down 60-54.
Plagued by foul trouble in the first half, Hibbert gave the Pacers an early spark in the second, scoring twice in a row in a 7-0 run that cut it to 62-61 with 9:14 left in the third period, but he soon picked up his fifth foul and the Lakers took off on their game-changing run, making six 3-pointers on the way to pushing their lead to 103-71 with 11:07 left in the fourth quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
Murphy had his 25th double-double, making 6-of-13 overall, 2-of-4 from the arc. Dahntay Jones had 16 off the bench, adding four rebounds and three assists. McRoberts scored nine of his 15 in the first quarter and was 7-of-12 from the field overall, adding four rebounds and two steals. Hibbert scored 12 with six rebounds, Brandon Rush scored 12 and Earl Watson had 10 assists. Danny Granger scored just nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, snapping his streak of seven straight games with at least 20 points. The Pacers shot .471 and were 7-of-17 from the 3-point line.
Bryant didn't shoot well once again (5-of-14) but was 14-of-15 from the line, adding six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Farmar hit 8-of-10 off the bench for his 19 points. Andrew Bynum had 16 points and eight rebounds and Pau Gasol had 14 points and 16 boards. Shannon Brown scored 12 off the bench and Artest had 11 points, five steals and four assists. The Lakers shot .517 overall, were 10-of-23 from the arc and outscored the Pacers 22-10 from the free-throw line.