Here is a by-the-numbers look at the Lakers’ 110-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Baskets made by Jeremy Lin, Ed Davis, Robert Sacre and Jordan Clarkson combined. The quartet managed a single basket on its 18 combined shots. It was a particularly disappointing night for Lin (0-for-6), who has shot just 31.9 percent (15-for-47) in his last six games, and Davis (0-for-5), who entered the game shooting a team-best 63.7 percent from the field.
Points scored by the Lakers in the third quarter, four more than in the entire first half. L.A. outscored the Pacers by two, led by 14 points from Kobe Bryant, though it took him 13 shots to get there. The quarter was keyed by eight Indiana turnovers, which led to 20 points for the Lakers. However, despite a pair of 8-0 runs, the Lakers hardly made a dent in the Pacers’ lead.
The Lakers’ deficit at halftime — their largest in 54 years. The Pacers exploded for a 60-27 lead after two quarters, as L.A. shot just 7-for-43 (16.3 percent). Indiana, meanwhile, went 22-for-46 from they field (47.8 percent), led by 16 points from C.J. Miles.
“I don’t think that I have ever seen anything like that,” Carlos Boozer said. “They are a good defensive team, but it wasn’t like we weren’t getting good looks — we were. We were even getting good looks at the baskets. We just missed them. Anytime you get down so much, it’s hard to come back.”
Indiana’s biggest lead, which it grabbed with 2:01 left in the first half. To reach this total, the Pacers started by scoring 13 straight midway through the second quarter before Bryant hit a 17-foot jumper. From there, Indiana responded with 10 more unanswered points to push its lead to 58-19. The Pacers shot 9-for-14 during that 23-2 run, while the Lakers sputtered to a 1-for-13 mark.
“I don’t think we came ready, both mentally or physically,” said head coach Byron Scott. “I thought they were a desperate team that came out and jumped on us and we didn’t react too well to it. In the second half, we came out and had a whole lot more energy. Felt like we were really embarrassed the way we played in the first half and came out in the second half the way we should have started the game.”
Rebounds grabbed by the Pacers. Led by Rodney Stuckey, who recorded his second consecutive double-double with 20 points and 10 boards, Indiana outrebounded L.A. by 15. The Pacers’ three main bigs — Roy Hibbert, David West and Lavoy Allen — combined for 25 rebounds and were also key to Indiana outscoring the Lakers in the paint, 42-28.