Indiana's George Hill made a game-winning layup with just a 10th of a second to play and the Los Angeles Lakers lost, 79-77, on Tuesday.
The Lakers started off slow and trailed by as many as 12 points in the first quarter but, thanks to 13 first-quarter points from Kobe Bryant and an 8-0 run to close the quarter, Los Angeles trailed just 25-21 at the end of the first. Bryant went cold in the second quarter, making just one of 8 shots, and Indiana took a 40-33 lead into halftime.
After going down 13 in the third quarter, the Lakers once again made a run. Los Angeles closed the quarter on a 15-6 run cutting the Pacers' lead down to four. Indiana maintained a lead throughout the fourth quarter until Dwight Howard tied the game at 74 with 1:56 to play. The Pacers went up by three, 77-74, but Bryant tied the game with his fifth three-pointer of the night. It wasn't enough, however, as Hill made the final shot just before the buzzer.
Los Angeles lost despite another huge game from Bryant. He scored 40 points to go along with 10 rebounds despite being a game-time decision due to illness. Howard scored 17 points, but made just 3 of 12 free throw attempts. He also missed two key free throws late in the game. As a team, Los Angeles made just 23 of 43 free throw attempts.
The loss is the Lakers' third in their last four games and drops them back below .500, at 7-8.