Indiana paces into LA
(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers go for their third win in a row
when they welcome the Indiana Pacers to the Staples Center.
This is the first of two meetings this season between the clubs. The Pacers
are scheduled to host LA on February 2, 2007 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Indiana has won two of the last three meetings in this series. The Pacers have
lost seven straight and 13 of their last 14 at the Lakers. The last time the
Pacers defeated the Lakers on the road was on February 14, 1999.
The Lakers open a four-game homestand this evening. Superstar Kobe Bryant
scored 29 points, as the Lakers added another chapter to their rivalry with
the Clippers by posting a 97-88 win on Saturday at the Staples Center. Bryant
shot 11-of-23 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.
Lamar Odom posted 18 points and eight rebounds in the win over the Clippers
for the Lakers, who have won two in a row and seven of their last nine
overall. Smush Parker ended with 11 points and Vladimir Radmanovic scored 10
off the bench.
The Lakers are 9-2 as the host this season. They will play the Hornets on
Wednesday, Atlanta on Friday and San Antonio on December 10th in the finale of
the current homestand.
Indiana plays the finale of its season-long six-game road trip. The Pacers
have lost two in a row and are 3-2 on the swing. On Saturday, Carmelo Anthony
had a season-high 38 points, scoring 24 in the first half, as Denver cruised
by Indiana, 121-101, at the Pepsi Center.
Jamaal Tinsley finished with 25 points and eight assists in the loss to Denver
for the Pacers. Jermaine O’Neal contributed 20 points and 16 rebounds, while
Al Harrington collected 18 points.
On the injury front for Indiana, swingman Stephen Jackson (sore right knee) is
questionable for tonight’s game. He did not score in 25 minutes of action
against the Nuggets. Jackson, who has played in all 18 of Indiana’s games, is
averaging 11.5 points per contest this season.
The Pacers are 5-7 on the road this season. After tonight’s contest, they
return home to host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday and the Portland Trail
Blazers on Friday.