The Los Angeles Lakers hoped to rebound from two difficult losses on the road with a home win tonight, instead, the Indiana Pacers came into Staples Center and handed the Lakers their second loss of the season when playing in Los Angeles as the Lakers drop their third straight game and falling to 10-8 in the season.
Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 33 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, but it was not enough to overcome a balanced scoring attack from the Pacers.
No Pacer had more than 20 points in the game, but six players scored over 10 with Roy Hibbert leading Indiana with 18.
Pau Gasol surprisingly led both teams in assists with 10, but only shot 4 of 12 from the field with 8 points and eight rebounds.
Indiana, who are a great perimeter shooting team, made 10 3-point field goals in the game and made 16 of 19 from the charity stripe. The Lakers on the other hand missed 11 free throws.
Lakers led by 12 with four minutes left to play in the first half until David West of Indiana got hot, making three field goals, two of them 3-point field goals, to cut the Lakers lead to three by the half. In the second half, both teams played a seesaw affair as there were seven lead changes in the fourth quarter with the Pacers ultimately going on top.
The Lakers will host the Clippers on Wednesday as they hope to end their three game losing streak. Gametime is at 7:30 p.m. PT.
The Los Angeles Lakers have generally dominated the Pacers for the first 20 minutes of the game until a late rally by the Pacers cut the Lakers lead to three at the half at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant is leading all scorers from both teams with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting from the field with four rebounds. Pau Gasol is leading the Lakers in rebounding with five.
Metta World Peace is shooting well coming off the bench with nine points in nine minutes going 4 of 6 from the field.
David West has been the most efficient scorer for the Pacers and the game overall, making seven of ten shots from the field and 15 points to show for it.
The Lakers led the Pacers by 12 points with 4:23 left to go in the half, but West and Danny Granger were scoring at will against the Lakers defense, including a 3-pointer to end the half to conclude the first half by a score of 52-49.
The Los Angeles Lakers welcome a red hot Indiana Pacers team that have won six of their last eight games. With a suitable big man in the middle in Roy Hibbert and perimeter scoring, the Pacers find themselves fifth in the East standings in the middle of teams.
Records: Lakers 10-7; Pacers 10-4
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Time: 6:30 p.m. PST
TV: Game will be televised on FS West with Bill MacDonald and Stu Lantz on the call.
Offensive Rating: Lakers 101.4 points per 100 possessions (18th out of 30); Pacers 101.3 points per 100 possessions (19th out of 30)