Lakers run over Indiana Pacers
Lakers 122, Indiana Pacers 99 (final)
It was a slow start for the Lakers, but eventually they got it together and rolled past the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
The Lakers trailed by one point at the end of the first quarter, and led by only six at halftime.
A lot changed in the third quarter, when the Lakers outscored the Pacers, 38-17.
That helped the Lakers open a 98-71 lead at the end of the third.
Kobe Bryant finished with 24 points and six assists, Pau Gasol had 14 points and 16 rebounds and Andrew Bynum 16 points and eight rebounds.
Ron Artest had another strong defensive game, holding Danny Granger to nine points on two-for-nine shooting.
The Lakers now leave for a three-game trip that starts Thursday night in Miami, takes them to Charlotte on Friday night and ends Sunday in Orlando.
-- Broderick Turner