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Game Report: Pacers defeat Lakers 79 – 77

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Game Report: Pacers defeat Lakers 79 – 77

Tonight the Lakers missed a head-shaking 20 free throws. They shot a deflating 32% from the field. They were sloppy in committing 19 turnovers. They had only three players score more than four points, and their bench contributed a total of five points.

And yet they lost by just two points. At the buzzer. 

The Lakers led 3-2, but never led again. They battled to tie it at 74, and then again at 77, but could not take the lead. George Hill scored on a nice drive, past Pau Gasol and over an outstretched Dwight Howard, as time expired.

The one thing the Lakers seemed to bring tonight was effort, and they played great defense, holding the Pacers to just 37% shooting, as they did the Mavericks in their previous game. After the win in Dallas, I wrote that a team will win nine out of ten times when it holds its opponent to 37% shooting. I guess tonight was that one in ten exception.

Steve Nash missed his 13th consecutive game. He expects to be out until at least next week. He is missed dearly.

Lakers Player of the Game

The Lakers Player of the Game was clearly Kobe Bryant tonight. Kobe played despite having flu-like symptoms, and scored 40 points – 52% of the Lakers’ total. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, but committed 10 turnovers as well. I’m willing to give him a pass on the turnovers – the man had the flu, and he had the ball in his hands all night long.

Tonight’s Top Two Tweets in my Twitter Feed

“Kobe doing his best Steve Nash impression and lying down by the bench.” – Steve Nash Nation (@SteveNashNation), pre-game tweet

“Hard not to look over at Steve Nash sitting in street clothes on the bench on an offensive night like this.” – Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter), post-game tweet, with a nice pun on “offensive”

Next Game

Friday, November 30 vs. the Denver Nuggets, 7:30 p.m. PST

About Craig Lawson

Craig Lawson is a Canadian who works during the day and enjoys writing about basketball at night (from the comfort of his wifi-equipped igloo). You can read all his posts at www.steve-nash-chronicles.com, and follow him on twitter @stevenashchroni.

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