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The Pacers couldn't close out the Lakers so Kobe Bryant showed them how to do it in what turned out to be a costly lesson (with a capital L) for the Pacers.

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The Pacers had their chances to put away the Lakers and instead let them back in the game.

Kobe Bryant was due for some late-game heroicsand the Pacers felt the brunt of those odds with no answer at the other end. Bryant scored the Lakers' final nine points of the game including what would be the game-winner with 12.4 seconds to play.

The Pacers' final two possessions ended in a contested three-point attempt from David West and a far-less than poor, desperation heave from Roy Hibbert at the buzzer. C.J. Miles appeared to be option one on both plays but was unable to free up for a shot attempt. So...

Poof! The W was gone and now the Pacers are in Utah to face the Jazz on Monday night.

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Check out the links:

Pacers at Lakers - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 87, Lakers 88 | Indiana Pacers

Game Preview: Pacers at Jazz | Indiana Pacers

Pacers can't close out, lose 88-87 to Lakers

Kobe Bryant rallies Lakers past Pacers, 88-87 - AP

Pacers-Jazz Preview - AP

Kobe rallies Lakers past Pacers | WFNI ESPN 1070 the Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Pacers falter late as Kobe Bryant lifts Lakers to win - Indy Cornrows

Kobe Bryant Hits Game Winner to Defeat Pacers 88-87 - Silver Screen and Roll

VIDEO: Roy Hibbert and Carlos Boozer scuffle -

Watch Ronnie Price Miss Wide-Open Slam Dunk Attempt vs. Indiana Pacers | Bleacher Report

Indiana Pacers Cough Up Game to Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant might actually be the least clutch player in the NBA -