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The final score is not indicative of how close the game was against the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers on Monday. At one point the Lakers were down by as much as 39 points and that occurred in the 2nd quarter. The Lakers shot 16 percent and scored just 27 in the first half. The Pacers took their foot off the throttle a bit in the 2nd half which attributed to the much closer final score of 110-91.
Kobe Bryant coming off a night where he reached the milestone of becoming the 3rd on the NBA’s All-time scoring list had another poor shooting night, finishing with a game high 21 points on 8 for 26 shooting from the field.
Wesley Johnson and Wayne Ellington were the only Laker players to shoot better than 50 percent from the field, finishing with 13 points on 4 for 7 from the field and 7 points on 3 for 5 from the field, respectively.
Nick Young had a respectable night, scoring 18 points off the bench.
As Pacers dominated the Lakers in an area where they have struggled all year, points in the paint. The Pacers out-dueled the Lakers int he paint, scoring 42 to the Lakers 28.
The Pacers also had a big disparity in the rebounding department, pulling down 53 to the Lakers 38. The Pacers were led in rebounding, surprisingly, by their starting two-guard, Rodney Stuckey who also shared the team lead in points with CJ Miles who each had 20 points on the night.
The loss drops the Lakers record to 8-17 and stops their winning streak at 3.
The Lakers don’t play again until Friday at home where they’ll face the Oklahoma City Thunder.