The Indiana Pacers took full advantage of a favorable schedule, jumping on the Los Angeles Lakers from the opening tip, and aside from a brief stretch in the third quarter, didn't let up until Shayne Whittington hit the floor for over three minutes of garbage time.
The Pacers can't take any W's for granted these days and they certainly didn't despite the Lakers playing their third game in four days while relying on Kobe Bryant's veteran legs to carry them in a back-to-back situation.
Bryant put forth a proud effort in the third quarter, relentlessly trying to push his team back in the game after falling behind by 30-plus. The Pacers held off the surge and sent Kobe to the bench for the fourth quarter. Solomon Hill will remember this game as he held his own defensively against Bryant.
Rodney Stuckey flirted with a triple-double, falling three assists shy ironically on a night after Lance Stephenson rumors were impossible to avoid. Unlike Lance, Stuckey didn't start hunting the numbers he needed to get a triple-double and sat on that stat line for the whole fourth quarter.
Stuckey appeared to tweak his foot in the first quarter, hobbling up the court at one point but he confirmed after the game that he had rolled his ankle and just needed to run it off. There was nothing related to the foot injury that had him in and out of the lineup earlier in the season.
Now the Pacers hit the road for their next three games starting in L.A. on Wednesday against the Clippers.
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