LOS ANGELES — The Indiana Pacers shook off a sluggish first half to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 104-92 at Staples Center on Tuesday night.
Six Indiana players scored in double figures, led by forward David West, who had 19 points and eight rebounds. Guard Lance Stephenson scored 15 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out six assists. Forward Paul George finished with 14 points but experienced a rough night shooting, missing 17 of his 21 shots.
The win allowed the Pacers (35-9) to bounce back from a disappointing 109-96 road loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
The Lakers (16-30) suffered to their fifth consecutive defeat and their 17th in the past 20 games. Indiana won its fourth in a row at Staples.
Forward Pau Gasol and guard Jodie Meeks led the Lakers with 21 points each. Gasol also grabbed 13 rebounds. Point guard Kendall Marshall had 11 points and 13 assists.
The Lakers were coming off a seven-game, 11-day road trip in which they finished 2-5. They stayed close to the Pacers, who own the NBA’s best record, until midway through the third quarter.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with 14 lead changes before the teams went to the locker rooms tied at 49. The Pacers were tied at intermission for the first time this season.
Indiana began to create some operating room in the third, outscoring the Lakers 30-20 for a 79-69 lead after a 3-pointer by George ended the quarter. Stephenson scored 10 points in the third on 4-of-5 shooting.
The Lakers pulled within 84-77 after a 3-pointer by Meeks with 9:31 remaining in the game, but the Pacers responded with a 9-0 run for a 93-77 advantage after a layup by forward Luis Scola with 7:26 left. Indiana had little trouble with Los Angeles the rest of the way.
Indiana finished its five-game road swing with a 3-2 mark.
NOTES: Lakers G Kobe Bryant will miss at least three more weeks because of continued pain and swelling in his fractured left knee, the club announced Tuesday night. Bryant was examined by team physician Steve Lombardo prior to Tuesday’s game. He will be re-evaluated again in about three weeks. … The Pacers are 21-0 this season when holding opponents under 90 points. … The Lakers handed out bobbleheads in honor of the late owner Jerry Buss, who would have celebrated his 81st birthday on Monday. Buss died on Feb. 18, 2013. … Los Angeles hosts the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday before heading out for a three-game swing through Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia. … The Pacers, who capped a five-game road trip in Los Angeles, will return home for a three-game homestand that begins Friday against the Phoenix Suns.
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