The Indiana Pacers' outstanding defense faltered in their latest game, allowing 83 points over the final three quarters.
The Philadelphia 76ers haven't come close to averaging 83 points a game against the Pacers this season.
The Pacers will try to beat the 76ers for the third straight time and win their fifth in six road games overall when the teams meet Saturday night.
After winning 10 of 12, Indiana (40-25) has endured a bumpy ride while splitting its last eight contests. The Pacers lost for the third time in five home games on Friday, 99-93 to a Lakers team that played without Kobe Bryant over the final three quarters.
Los Angeles, however, got going without him. The Lakers shot 49.1 percent from the field after the opening 12 minutes and hit 13 of 26 3s overall against a Pacers team that leads the league in defensive field-goal percentage (41.7) and in defending the 3 (32.6).
"Guarding the 3-point line was probably the biggest of the mental breakdowns," coach Frank Vogel sa...