Rewind: Pacers vs. Lakers
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at Los Angeles
Roy Hibbert missed most of the first half with a broken nose.
When he returned, he made the Lakers feel his pain.
Hibbert scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as the Pacers pulled out a hard-fought 98-96 victory in Los Angeles Sunday night.
Winning two in a row from the Lakers in Los Angeles for the first time in franchise history, the Pacers improved to 11-4 overall and 6-4 on the road. They handed the Lakers (10-8) their third straight loss overall and snapped their nine-game home winning streak
Hibbert, who scored eight in the fourth quarter, fed a cutting Darren Collison for a layup that put the Pacers up for good, 95-94, with 1:15 remaining. The defense came up with stops on four straight critical possessions in the final 90 seconds, including a turnover when Derek Fisher's lob for Andrew Bynum slipped through the young center's fingers out of bounds with 9.9 seconds left.
Collison made a pair of free throws, Kobe Bryant missed a long 3-pointer and Danny Granger made one from the line with 2.4 seconds left to lock up the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
Hibbert shot 9-of-13 from the floor, adding eight rebounds and four assists. Granger scored 16 with five rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. David West scored all 15 of his points in the first half and finished with nine rebounds and four assists. Paul George scored 13, Collison had 12 points, with seven assists and George Hill had 11 points off the bench. The Pacers shot 47 percent, hit 10-of-18 from the 3-point line and outrebounded the Lakers 50-43.
Bryant led the Lakers with 33 points but scored just two in the fourth quarter, nine in the final 3½ minutes. He needed 30 shots to get his points, making 14. He added eight rebounds and four assists. Bynum had 16 points and eight rebounds, Matt Barnes scored 14 and Metta World Peace scored 11 off the bench. Pau Gasol scored just eight points, but had 10 assists and eight rebounds. The Lakers shot 42 percent. Former Pacers Josh McRoberts (three rebounds, three assists in 20 minutes) and Troy Muprhy (three points, one rebound in nine minutes) made limited contributions off the bench.
"Obviously, a really big win for us, valiant effort by Roy Hibbert after getting a broken nose in the first half and coming back and really carrying us in the second half, after David West carried us in the first half. But this is what our team is all about. It’s not about a super team of superstars, it’s about a balanced attack, that we share the ball and we win the rebounding wars most nights, we did tonight." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"They told me not to go back out there and play, I said 'I've got to go back out here, we've got to get this win, this game's important. If it gets hit again, it gets messed up, whatever.' I just wanted to get out there and get this win." - Hibbert
"We're only getting better. We have leadership and we have young legs. The Lakers are a great team but tonight was just our night. We wanted to come back and make sure we solidified that we are a good team." - Hibbert
"That's a credit to the coaches. We put in schemes to take the ball out of his hands to force other guys to make shots and it worked tonight. We didn’t spring it until the fourth quarter. He was doing his thing but we were still in the game. We knew that when it came down to crunch time Kobe was going to get the ball in his hands and we wanted to get it out of his hands." - Granger on the defense against Bryant
"Good teams find a way to win. How do we respond from a game we shouldn't have lost, that we gave up (Wednesday in Sacramento)? I think our guys showed great toughness, mental toughness, tonight and we're looking forward. We've got to forget about the win tonight and focus on the game Tuesday." -- Hill
STAT OF THE GAME
The Pacers have road victories over the Lakers and Celtics in the same season for the first time since 1999.
Though the Lakers dominated most of the first half, leading by 13 after the first quarter and 12 midway through the second, Hibbert's return from a broken nose brought life to the Pacers. Trailing 46-34 when Hibbert checked back in, the Pacers closed the half on a 15-6 burst with West scoring nine of the points, including a rare 3-pointer that beat the halftime buzzer and cut the deficit to 52-49 at the break.
West scored 15 in the first half to lead the Pacers, who shot 12-of-18 and scored 35 in the second quarter. Bryant led the Lakers with 17. The home team enjoyed a 21-8 advantage in free attempts but missed eight, missing an opportunity to build a wider margin.
After hitting all four of their 3-point attempts in the second quarter, the Pacers made their first three in the third, two by Granger in an 11-2 run that gave the visitors a 60-56 lead. With Bryant scoring 14 more in the third, the Lakers countered with an 11-4 run of their own to build a 73-68 lead and they were up 78-77 entering the fourth quarter.
With Bryant on the bench to start the fourth quarter, the Lakers actually extended their lead to 84-77 as the Pacers missed their first five shots of the period. But Hibbert got them going again, scoring six straight points and feeding Collison for a 3-pointer that tied it at 86-all. Granger's free throw put the Pacers up 87-86 with 5:12 remaining and the teams then went back and forth down the stretch.
The Pacers posted a winning record on a Western Conference road trip for the first time since 1999. … Indiana improved to 10-0 when scoring at least 90 points and 8-0 when they make at least one-third of their 3-point attempts. … Hibbert left the game in the first quarter after sustaining a broken nose, the result of an elbow on a pump-fake by Bryant in the lane. He returned midway through the second quarter. … The game began a tough stretch for the Pacers, with three straight and four of five against teams with winning records. In their first 14 games, they played just three games against teams above .500. … Jeff Foster (lower back procedure) did not make the trip and is expected to miss the rest of this month.
The Pacers play their only home game in a span of nearly two weeks Tuesday when Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic come to Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). The Pacers and Magic (also 11-4) are tied for second in the Eastern Conference. Having just completed a three-game road trip, the Pacers will head out on another three-game trip immediately after playing the Magic.