Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: IND 93, LAL 99
Scott Agness | March 16, 2013 | Updated: 12:40 AM
Those two words were said by Frank Vogel, and then reiterated by guy after guy in the Pacers locker room following their 99-93 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
They all knew what went wrong, and they owned up to it. Communication was poor, breakdowns ensued and the game plan wasn’t executed. George Hill tied the game up at 87 but then Roy Hibbert fouled Dwight Howard while he made a bucket, then Antawn Jamison nailed an open shot behind the arc. The Pacers’ problems were at both ends of the floor Friday night, especially late, and it cost them a quality win over a potential playoff team.
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Less than 48 hours removed from an incident in the final seconds of the Lakers’ loss in Atlanta, Kobe Bryant dealt with a bum left ankle to start the game. Expecting something different? Frank Vogel wasn’t, nor did the rest of the Pacers. The 15-time All-Star suited up, but wasn’t much of a factor. He played the entire first quarter and failed to score, missing all four attempts.
Foul trouble played a big factor for both teams. Just over four minutes in, Lakers center Dwight Howard picked up his second foul and had to head to the bench without a point. He didn’t like the call and received a technical on his way out. From there, the Pacers scored 13 of the game’s next 16 points for a 19-8 advantage. The Lakers were held to 24 percent shooting in the first quarter, though the Pacers weren’t much better at 29 percent.
From the final two minutes of the first all the way to the 3:33 mark in the second, the Lakers used a 31-9 run to take a double digit lead, 39-28. At the half, which was delayed about nine minutes because of a clock error for the final 1.5 seconds, the Pacers trailed by five.
Down seven a few minutes into the third, the Pacers rattled off 13 points in a row, including eight from George Hill. Metta World Peace carried the Lakers, scoring 11 of his 19 points in the period. After five lead changes, the Pacers remained ahead by one, entering the final quarter.
The teams traded blows throughout the final period. Trailing by two with 2:35 left, George Hill buried a 13-foot jumper to tie the game at 87. After empty possessions at both ends, Howard received the ball on the left block and finished around the hoop as he was fouled by Hibbert, a mistake the Pacers center said he can’t let happen. Howard’s free throw gave the Lakers a three point edge with 90 seconds remaining.
Following a Pacers timeout, David West couldn’t get his short jumper to fall and shortly into their offense, Jamison was open and knocked down a huge 3-pointer from the top of the key to push the Lakers in front by six. Hill brought the Pacers within four points two more times, but the Lakers didn’t let them any closer.
Inside the Numbers
George Hill finished with a game-high 27 points and Paul George contributed 20 points, though on 6-of-20 shooting. With 12 points and 11 rebounds, Lance Stephenson registered his second career double-double.
Five Lakers scored at least 15 points, led by Dwight Howard’s 20 to go along with his 12 rebounds. Metta World Peace had 19 points and Steve Nash finished with 15 points and nine dimes.
The Lakers’ bench – mostly Steve Blake (18), a season-high, and Antawn Jamison (17) – outscored the Pacers’ 37-19.
The Lakers assisted all but six of their 33 field goals.
Each teams’ largest lead was 11. There were seven ties and 13 lead changes.
"We had too many mental breakdowns. We didn't deserve to win tonight the way we played ... Guarding the three-point line unintelligently tonight [was] probably the biggest of many mental breakdowns." – Frank Vogel
"The spread pick-and-roll game I didn’t even recognize what we were doing out there, coming off shooters. With Howard, we’re not going to play him straight up but we’re going to help when he gets deep. Not too early, not on the catch. We left shooters [open] left and right – on penetration, on post-ups." – Frank Vogel
"We didn’t execute. We just didn’t make enough of plays and that’s the bottom line. They made more plays. They got to the free throw line, made baskets, hit some late threes – just some breakdowns on our part." – David West.
"We had a lot of mental mistakes – fouling when we shouldn’t, and then not taking advantage of key possessions on offense. We have plays designed to get guys in their sweet spots and down the stretch we didn’t execute those." – Roy Hibbert
"Mental mistakes. We’ve been talking all game long about staying home on the shooters ... We just didn’t do the job tonight, made mental errors and it bit us in the butt." – George Hill
Stat of the Game
The Lakers attempted more than three times as many free throws as the Pacers, 30 to 9, for a 13-point differential.
- The Lakers’ win is their third-straight on the Pacers’ floor.
- Roy Hibbert connected on his first 3-pointer of the season. He was previously 3-for-14 over five seasons.
- Lakers forward Antwan Jamison received a flagrant foul in the fourth, for not making a play on the ball when he fouled Sam Young on an open layup.
- Kobe Bryant failed to score in a game he played in for just the 15th time in his NBA career.
- The game was a sellout (18,165); it was IMS night at the Fieldhouse.
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