Posted November 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
George Hill's high-arching shot over Dwight Howard went in with 0.1 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers withstood Kobe Bryant's 40-point performance and the Lakers' last-minute rally for a 79-77 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Hill scored 19 points and hit that enormous clutch shot for the Pacers, who won their third straight road game over the Lakers after losing 11 consecutive regular-season games since Staples Center opened in 1999. The Pacers' sturdy defense stifled the Lakers' up-tempo offense for most of the night, turning the game into an ugly grind before the thrilling finish. Bryant hit a tying 3-pointer with 24.5 seconds left and produced the 114th 40-point game of his career despite playing with an apparent case of the flu for the Lakers, who dropped to 2-3 under new coach Mike D'Antoni. David West scored 16 points and Paul George had 12 in the opener of Indiana's four-game road trip. The Lakers flirted with the lowest-scoring game and worst shooting percentage in franchise history before scoring eight straight points in the waning minutes, tying it at 74 on Howard's dunk with 1:56 to play. After West made one free throw, Howard and Metta World Peace combined to miss four straight free throws, dropping Los Angeles' performance at the line to 23 for 43. After Hill made a running shot, Bryant hit a 3-pointer in front of the Lakers' bench to tie it. The Pacers wound down the clock for Hill, who beat Pau Gasol off the dribble and arched his shot over the leaping Howard, who blocked four shots and scored 17 points despite 3-of-12 shooting at the free throw line. Before outscoring the rest of his team combined, Bryant missed the Lakers' morning shootaround when he fell ill. He spent the day in bed, drinking fluids and listening to Bob Marley, before giving another high-scoring performance, albeit with 10 turnovers and 12-for-28 shooting. The Lakers returned from a three-game trip for a three-game homestand, their final multigame stretch at home before Christmas. After playing six games in a nine-day stretch earlier this month, the Lakers are clearly running near empty - and they had little to give in the first half against Indiana. The Pacers jumped to an early lead and hung on to it despite falling into a 1-for-23 shooting slump in the first half, playing more than 12 minutes with just one field goal. The Lakers couldn't take advantage, missing 14 of their 18 shots in the second quarter and repeatedly failing to move the ball at D'Antoni's preferred pace. Bryant made five of his first six shots, emulating his many strong performances with the flu, but fell into a 1-for-10 slump before getting rolling again late in the third quarter while Los Angeles made a 13-2 run. Bryant had nine turnovers in the first three quarters, but also had 29 points - more than his teammates' combined 28. NOTES: The Pacers stay in California to face Sacramento and Golden State before stopping in Chicago on the way home from their trip. ... The Lakers handed out bobblehead dolls in the likeness of the late Chick Hearn, their beloved broadcaster who would have turned 96 on Tuesday. ... Ashton Kutcher, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Kaley Cuoco, Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed and Tenacious D band members Jack Black and Kyle Gass watched from courtside.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Nike Unveils Kobe Bryant’s Grinch Christmas Shoes

Kobe Bryant wore his Nike Grinch shoes for the past two years on Christmas Day, and it looks like he will be rocking them this year as well.   Nike unveiled the kicks today and from the looks of it, I think folks should be fairly happy.   How do you think they compare to his 2010 and 2011 shoes?   via Athlete Swag Article found on: Cosby Sweaters

George Hill’s Game-Winner Vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Video)

The Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers game on Tuesday night was excruciating to watch, it was a very dismal display of some of the best players in the NBA. Nevertheless, the Indiana Pacers would become victors based on this game-winner by George Hill; he attacked the rim aggressively and made it happen with .01 [...]The post George Hill’s Game-Winner Vs. Los Angeles Lakers...

Video: Former Spur Hill sinks Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night, falling back below .500 and they did it in large part to their inability to sink free throws (23-43 from the line), problems shooting in general (31.6 percent from the field), trouble protecting the ball (19 turnovers) and former Spurs guard George Hill. The Pacers were up one with 35 seconds to go when Hill hit...

Indiana's George Hill beats Lakers with game-winning lay-up (Video)

Despite getting a 40-point effort from a flu-ridden Kobe Bryant, the Indiana Pacers pulled out a victory at the Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers. With the score tied at 77, Hill took the last shot for the Pacers as he drove past Lakers forward Metta World Peace and put up a lay-up past the arms of Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard attempting to block it: The Pacers...

Hill hits buzzer-beater to overcome Kobe's 40

I felt much more confident about the Pacers going into their showdown with the Lakers at the Staple Center after their solid loss (if there is such a thing) against the Spurs several days ago. The offense was still rocky but it showed signs on improving, as did players such as Roy Hibbert and DJ Augustin (who both sucked tonight, unfortunately). I was less optimistic when I found...

Dwight Howard clowns Kobe Bryant on team plane (VIDEO)

New team, same old Dwight Howard. After starting the 2012 NBA season at 1-4, the Los Angeles Lakers have bounced back nicely as they currently stand with a record of 7-7 in the Western Conference. During a recent team flight, Howard somehow gained control of the in-board intercom and decided to have some at the expense of some of his teammates. The major target of his rant was Kobe...

Kobe Bryant is no Jack Taylor

Last night, Kobe Bryant scored over half his team’s points (40) and reached a triple double.  No, not the good kind of triple double…the kind where you also have 10 turnovers.  An absurd line of 40/10/3/3 with 5 3PM, 12-28 FG, 11-13 FT, and the aforementioned 10 turnovers.  You’ll live with the high TO’s but the Lakers can’t.  In a night of high profile college basketball...

Pacers 79, Lakers 77

LOS ANGELES -- George Hill bided his time, let the game clock dwindle, then calmly beat three All-Stars to the hole to give the Indiana Pacers a 79-77 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in front of a stunned Staples Center crowd Tuesday night. Hill took Metta World Peace off the dribble, then outraced Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard to hit a game-winning layup with one-tenth of a second...

The Great Nickname

The Big Leagues Kobe Bryant bestows on Steve Nash the NBA's best nickname.

Kobe Bryant & Lionel Messi in Turkish Airlines ad

NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant, and prominent Argentine footballer, Lionel Messi, star in this ad for Turkish Airlines shot back in September: If you remember back in 2011 Bryant’s commercial for the airlines received a large amount of controversy in the Armenian community in Los Angeles.  It all dates back nearly hundred years to the final days of the Ottoman Empire around World...

I just know Kobe Bryant hates Dwight Howard

This is kinda funny, but I just know Kobe despises Dwight Howard. It’s because he has the same demeanor on the court as he does on the team plane. Paint your face, clown. (h/t Hoops Hype)

Hill's clutch shot pushes Pacers past Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- George Hill's high-arching shot over Dwight Howard went in with 0.1 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers withstood Kobe Bryant's 40-point performance and the Lakers' last-minute rally for a 79-77 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Hill scored 19 points and hit that enormous clutch shot for the Pacers, who won their third straight road game...

NBA Referee Joey Crawford Makes Dancing Foul Call at Lakers/Pacers Game (Video)

Hey, he loves his job, give the guy a break.  This is NBA referee Joey Crawford making a blocking call on Chris Duhon at the end of the LA Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers game last night.  The call came with 1:15 remaining in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 74-74.  The Pacers ended up winning the game on a last second layup by George Hill.  Who Let the Dogs Out, Joey Let the...

Kobe Bryant & Lionel Messi In Turkish Airlines Ad

NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant, and prominent Argentine footballer, Lionel Messi, star in this ad for Turkish Airlines shot back in September:

Offense offensive as Lakers fall under .500

LOS ANGELES Theres one conclusion about the 2012-13 Lakers that isabsolutely undeniable: No one themselves included knows which Laker team isgoing to show up on a night-to-night basis. Once again under .500, the Lakers 7-8record is conclusive proof. Saturday night in Dallas they looked as good as any team inthe NBA, crushing the Mavericks by 26. Tuesday night in the supposedly...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.