Peja outshines Kobe as Pacers end six-game skid
=== Peja outshines Kobe as Pacers end six-game skid ===
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points and
grabbed 13 rebounds in his Conseco Fieldhouse home debut, as the Indiana
Pacers trounced the Los Angeles Lakers, 105-79.
Stojakovic hit 9-of-19 shots, including 5-of-11 from three, for the Pacers,
who played without forwards Jermaine O’Neal and Austin Croshere and guard
Jamaal Tinsley, then lost another key player to injury.
Starting guard Stephen Jackson left the game in the second quarter after
landing hard on his back. Jackson needed to be carried off the court and was
then taken to a local hospital for further examination. There was no immediate
word on the extent of his injury.
Fred Jones stepped up with a 16-point performance and Jeff Foster had 15
points and 13 rebounds for Indiana, which ended a six-game losing streak.
Danny Granger tallied 14 points and 12 boards as the Pacers won for the first
time since a 98-92 win over Charlotte on January 18.
Kobe Bryant had 26 points on an 8-for-24 shooting performance for the Lakers,
who fell to 1-2 on their current seven-game road trip. It was the
first time since January 12 and only the 11th time in 42 games this season
that Bryant was held to less than 30 points.
Brian Cook added 12 points for Los Angeles, which scored two fewer points as a
team than what Bryant exploded for in his memorable performance January 22
The Pacers led just 24-21 after one quarter but began to pull away in the
second. With the Lakers leading 28-26 after a Lamar Odom three-pointer with
2:50 gone in the stanza, the Pacers responded with an 12-2 surge to go ahead
for good. Stojakovic’s layup with 4:07 left capped the burst that gave Indiana
a 38-30 cushion.
Leading 40-34 with just under three minutes remaining until the break, the
Pacers closed the half with a 12-3 run to take a 52-37 advantage into
During the run, Jackson drove to the basket with 2:15 remaining and collided
with Cook. He landed hard on his back and needed to be carried by a pair of
teammates to the locker room.
Indiana held Bryant to just three second-quarter points after he exploded for
10 in the opening 12 minutes.
In the third quarter, Indiana opened up a 23-point lead after a 12-3 run in
the early stages of the stanza. Stojakovic’s three-pointer made it a 69-46
game with 6:39 left in the period, and the Pacers cruised into the fourth with
an 82-62 cushion.
The final 12 minutes was purely academic, as the Pacers kept Los Angeles at
bay the entire frame.
O’Neal missed the game with a groin injury, Croshere was out with a concussion
and Tinsley is nursing an elbow ailment…David Harrison had 10 points, nine
rebounds and three blocks for the Pacers…Odom and Chris Mihm each had 10
points for LA…Indiana improved to 13-7 at home…The Lakers fell to 12-13 on
the road…LA hit only 30.6 percent of its shots compared to 46.3 percent for