Lakers Blowout Pacers At Conseco Fieldhouse, 109-94

The Lakers are 3-1 in the first four games of their seven-game road trip.

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Lakers Blowout Pacers, 109-94

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The Lakers were in the midst of their worst losing streak in three years the last time they faced the Indiana Pacers.

Times sure have changed for the defending NBA Champions.

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 31 points and Pau Gasol added 28 and eight rebounds as Los Angeles topped the Pacers 109-94 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Lamar Odom has his 12th double-double of the season, ending with 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won three-straight and four of five on their current seven-game road trip.

Ron Artest added 13 points for the victors.

“We’ve had a couple good starts,” said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. “It was our defense. It was terrific. It wasn’t revenge. These guys remembered the Pacers celebrating in Staples (Center).”

Darren Collison scored 17 and Brandon Rush added 16 for the Pacers, who have dropped three straight and four of five. Roy Hibbert added 12 points and Mike Dunleavy scored 11 in a reserve role for Indiana.

Indiana topped Los Angeles 95-92 on November 28, in what was the second game of a four-game skid for the Lakers, their worst since April 8-13, 2007.

The Lakers started the game on a 17-4 run, capped by Gasol’s dunk. They went ahead by as many as 19 points when Bryant’s free throws inside five minutes made it 29-10.

Indiana’s Solomon Jones connected on a short jumper to begin a 9-2 run for the Pacers, but the teams traded three-pointers after that and Odom’s mid-range jumper with 27.8 seconds left gave the Lakers a 36-22 lead after one.

An Odom layup midway through the second quarter pushed the Lakers’ lead to 24 and they carried a 59-37 margin into the locker room.

“[The Lakers] were clearly a superior group to our players tonight,” Pacers head coach Jim O’Brien said. “They jumped on us and never really gave us a chance to get back in the game. They were obviously going to bring it and we didn’t match their intensity in the first half.”

Bryant scored 17 of the Lakers’ 28 third-quarter points, but the Pacers were able to trim the Los Angeles lead to 87-69 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Pacers shot 52.4 percent in the fourth but Los Angeles’ early lead was too much to overcome as the Lakers’ advantage was never smaller than the final margin.

Game Notes

The Lakers held the rebounding margin 51-29…Los Angeles led for the entire contest…Indiana shot 75 percent from the free throw line, while the Lakers shot 70.8 percent.

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Lakers Finalize Three-Way Vujacic Trade With Nets, Rockets

The Los Angeles Lakers today finalized their three-team trade with the New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets, which essentially was Sasha Vujacic for Joe Smith. Including luxury tax and salaries, the trade will save the Lakers roughly $8.7 million, according to salary cap expert Larry Coon of ESPN. In the trade, the Lakers received:

  • Joe Smith, in his 16th season playing for his 12th NBA team
  • The draft rights to 6-foot-11 big man Sergei Lishouk, from Houston
  • A trade exception, valued by Coon at just under $5.5 million
  • Golden State's second-round draft pick in 2011
  • Chicago's second-round draft pick in 2012

The Lakers also their 2011 first-round draft pick, protected, to the Nets. Mike Trudell of NBA.com reported that Joe Smith is scheduled to take his physical Thursday in Philadelphia, and could be available to play for the Lakers as soon as Friday.

For more Lakers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Pacers: L.A. Continues Road Trip In Indiana

(Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will resume a seven-game road trip tonight against the Indiana Pacers from Conseco Fieldhouse. Bryant scored a game-high 24 points in last night's 103-89 victory at Washington, while Lamar Odom recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds for the two- time defending NBA champion Lakers, who have won five of their last six games overall and are 3-1 on the road swing.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum made his season debut after offseason knee surgery, finishing with seven points and five rebounds in 17:29 of action. "It was great getting to play again," stated Bynum. "It was a big moment for me because I've been wanting to get back. Now that I am back I just want to help my teammates out and get back in the rotation. For a while I'm going to be coming off the bench until I get back in the swing of things. I'm happy to be back."

The Lakers will also make stops in Philadelphia and Toronto, and are 8-5 away from Hollywood this season. Derek Fisher had six points in the win over the Wizards and has played in 438 straight regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, the longest consecutive games streak among all active NBA players. Indiana dropped both tests on a recent two-game road trip and suffered a 92-73 setback at Chicago on Monday night.

T.J. Ford and Brandon Rush each netted 13 points for the Pacers, who were without leading scorer Danny Granger due to an ankle injury and lost for the fifth time in seven tries. Granger is probable for tonight's game versus LA. "We have a deep team, but tonight we just missed some shots we normally make," said Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy, who ended with 12 points and eight boards.

In posting a season-low point total, the Pacers shot just 35.7 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. They have lost five in a row on the road, but have won two straight as the host and sport a 6-5 mark in Indy this season. Cleveland is slated to make a stop at Conseco Fieldhouse on Friday.

Indiana stunned the Lakers, 95-92, at Staples Center back on Nov. 28 this season, as Roy Hibbert powered his way to 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Lakers are 13-6 in the previous 19 meetings between the teams.

For more Lakers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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