Lakers vs Indiana: Lakers whip up on Pacers
Lakers 109, Pacers 94 (final)
The Lakers lost to the Pacers last month at Staples Center, but L.A. wasn't going to let it happen again.
The Lakers opened a 26-point lead and coasted in for the victory, their third in a row on this six-game trip after opening it with a loss to Chicago.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting, and he had six assists.
Pau Gasol had 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting as well as eight rebounds.
Lamar Odom had 13 points and 17 rebounds for a Lakers' team that shot 51.2% from the field.
In his second game back after missing the first 24 recovering from right knee surgery, Andrew Bynum held up pretty well for playing in back-to-back games.
Bynum played 18 minutes. He was just one-for-four shooting from the field in scoring three points.
Bynum did have five rebounds.
Lakers 87, Pacers 69 (end of thrid quarter)
Not much changed in the third quarter.
Kobe Bryant, who was more of a passer in the first half with six assists, took to the attack in the third.
Bryant scored 17 of his 23 points in the third.
Lakers 59, Pacers 37 (end of first half)
When the Lakers played the Pacers at Staples Center last month, Indiana center Roy Hibbert outplayed Pau Gasol.
Hibbert had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while Gasol had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.
Wednesday night, Gasol got his revenge, doing work early and often against Hibbert.
Gasol had 21 points in the first half, Hibbert just six.
Gasol missed only two of his 11 first-half shots and he had Hibbert in foul trouble in the first half with three.
The Lakers shot 61% from the field in the first half.
Lakers 36, Pacers 22 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers began the game putting on a clinic against the Pacers, opening a 19-point lead at one point, making 11 of their first 13 shots.
Even though the Lakers finished the first shooting 73.7% from the field, they did cool off some from their hot start, leading by 14 points at the end of the quarter.
Pau Gasol had 14 points on six-for-seven shooting.
Eventually, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said before Wednesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse, Andrew Bynum will be back in the starting lineup.
For now, though, Bynum, who played in his first game Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards after missing the previous 24 recovering from right knee surgery, will come off the bench.
Jackson said Bynum won't start because "he's not ready to play a rotation right now."
That means that Bynum is not ready to play eight-minute segments.
"We want Andrew to be in the starting lineup," Jackson said. "That impact of his size is sometimes imposing on other teams.
"Obviously we function in kind of a running, flowing format better with Lamar [Odom], but that's because we have more ballhandlers. But our size and length is pretty daunting sometimes witih those two [Bynum and Pau Gasol] in there."
Before Sasha Vujacic left the Lakers, Jackson had some words for the guard.
Vujacic was a part of a three-team trade that sent him to the New Jersey Nets; the Lakers got forward Joe Smith in return.
"I told him he's always going to be family to me," Jackson said. "He's played on two championship teams. ... He deserves that notoriety as having played and contributed on championship teams."
-- Broderick Turner in Indianapolis
Photo: Lakers center Pau Gasol drives the baseline past Pacers center Roy Hibbert in the first half Wednesday night. Credit: Darron Cummings / Associated Press