Indiana Pacers Team Report – December 1
=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – December 1 ===
(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers were crushed by the Los Angeles
Lakers, 99-77, on Sunday at the Staples Center.
Al Harrington led the Pacers with 18 points and 10 boards off the bench.
Indiana, which had an eight-game win streak come to an end, was the last team
in the NBA to have a perfect record on the road, but they never had a chance
against the Lakers and dropped to 7-1 as the visitor this season.
The Lakers went into the locker room with a 46-37 advantage before blowing the
game open early in the third quarter.
Los Angeles scored nine of the first 13 points in the second half to increase
the margin. Gary Payton’s hook shot in the lane finalized the mini-burst to
make it a 14-point game at 55-41.
Shaquille O’Neal converted down low to allow the Lakers’ lead to balloon to 20
with just under a minute to play in the third quarter. Los Angeles went into
the final period with a 68-51 lead after the Pacers managed just 14 points in
the third quarter.
The game turned into extended garbage time in the final quarter, as both teams
emptied its benches and the Lakers cruised to the easy victory.
The Pacers have lost five straight and 11 of 12 as the visitor against the
Indiana guard Jamaal Tinsley missed Sunday’s game with a bad back.
The Pacers play the second of a five-game West Coast road trip tonight at
Phoenix against the Suns.