The Lakers trailed 75-68 before a Bryant-led rally gave Los Angeles
an 84-80 lead with 1:26 remaining. George, whose boyhood idol was
Bryant, scored the next six points on three free throws and a
three-point play to salvage a victory.
George Hill added 15 for Indiana (28-24), Myles Turner had 14 points
and 13 rebounds, and Ian Mahinmi finished with 11 on a night when
the Pacers shot 39.7 percent, including 4 of 27 from 3-point range.
Bryant led the Lakers (11-43) with 19 points, including 11 during a
one-minute and 43 second stretch of the final quarter when Los
Angeles took a brief four-point lead.
Rookie guard D'Angelo Russell had 16 for the Lakers, Julius Randle
had 15 points and 19 rebounds and guard Lou Williams scores 13. Los
Angeles shot 31.2 percent.
A jumper from Russell with 6:07 to play sliced the Indiana lead to
73-68 and two Bryant 3-pointers tied it at 79 with 3:01 remaining.
After falling behind by 17, the Lakers closed the third quarter on a
16-4 run, pulling to within 64-59 with 12 minutes remaining. Indiana
scored those four points -- a pair of Mahinmi field goals -- in an
eight-minute window, missing 8 of 10 3-point attempts in the
quarter. Through three quarters, the Pacers were 4 of 25 from beyond
Indiana began the third quarter with a 14-5 run, including
consecutive 3-pointer from George Hill to grab a 60-43 lead with
8:07 on the clock.
With the score tied at 29 with 6:42 remaining in the second quarter,
Indiana finished the half on a 17-9 run to lead 46-38 through 24
George finished the half with 14 points and five rebounds, Turner
had five points and eight rebounds and George Hill had seven points.
Randle led the Lakers with 10 first-half points to go with seven
rebounds, and had eight points, although he made only 2 of 9 field
goal attempts during the first two quarters, when Los Angeles made
only 13 of 44 shots.
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Indiana shot 37.2 percent in the first two quarters and outrebounded
the Lakers 28-25 before intermission.
Despite making only 1 of 7 first-quarter 3-point attempts, the
Pacers led 23-22 through 12 minutes, getting eight points from
George and six rebounds from Myles Turner. The Lakers shot only 33.3
percent during the opening period, including 0 of 4 from Bryant.
NOTES: The Lakers were without C Roy Hibbert (sprained left ankle)
and F Larry Nance, Jr. (sore right knee). ... The Pacers were
without G Rodney Stuckey (bruised and sprained right foot). ... C
Robert Sacre (2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds) started in place of Hibbert.
... Before his final appearance in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Kobe
Bryant reminisced about his first NBA championship in which the
Lakers defeated the Pacers. He also talked about his admiration for
former Colts QB Peyton Manning, who on Sunday won his second Super
Bowl. ... The Lakers entered 11-42, the NBA's second-worst record,
better only than Philadelphia's 8-43. ... The Pacers came in having
gone 4-2 in their past six, including a 112-104 victory Saturday
night against Detroit. ... The Lakers rank ninth in opponents'
3-point field goal percentage (33.9) but 30th in their own 3-point
field goal percentage (31.4). ... The Pacers are third in opponents
turnovers per game (16.6) and fourth in opponents' 3-point field
goal percentage (33.1). ... Indiana won the season's first meeting
with the Lakers 107-103 on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles.
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