The Pacers host the Lakers on Monday night for their annual visit to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This time around the Lakers will boast the NBA's third best scorer of all time, as Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the scoring list in the Lakers win at Minnesota on Sunday.
Bryant needed nine points to pass MJ which he reached in the second quarter before ending with 27 points to finish the game with 32,311 career points. Kobe now has a ways to go to move up the list but trails just two legends, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).
Kobe and the Lakers have become an intriguing story in this young NBA season due to a lot of losses along with a ton of shots by Bryant as he often tries to single-handedly carry his rag-tag team to wins. Recently, a healthy Nick Young, who doesn't have Kobe's game but shares his propensity to let it fly, has given the Lakers a little more offense and the two combined to carry the Lakers over the defending champ San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
I say combined instead of teamed up because it turned into a nearly comical exercise of the first-one-to-touch-it-gets-to-shoot-it. Young ended up hitting the game-winner on a remarkable, forced 28-footer that hit nothing but net -- just as Swaggy P expected.
The Lakers are borderline smokin' winning their last three games after taking care of the Timberwolves on Sunday evening. Oh, and Kobe rose up for the big three down the stretch in this one.
What once looked like a beacon of light on the Pacers' stormy schedule where losses are stacking up, will instead require all the Pacers have to slow down the Lakers and earn a win.
Regardless of the outcome on Monday night, the Kobe Bryant Show is in town and it has been playing to rave reviews of late.