Kobe Bryant hit a jump hook with 12.4 seconds left to give the Lakers an 88-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night at Staples Center.
The Lakers fell behind early, trailing by as many as 13 points, but finally climbed on top when Bryant made a three-pointer from the left corner, giving his team an 84-82 advantage with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Solomon Hill answered from behind the three-point arc on the next Indiana possession. Bryant converted a pair of free throws to reclaim the lead, 85-84, but Donald Sloan gave the lead back to Indiana with a jumper.
Bryant and David West traded misses, but the Lakers' All-Star guard was able to ice the game with the jump hook after driving down the lane, reversing direction and cutting across the lane to his left.
Roy Hibbert's final shot glanced off the top of the backboard, giving the Lakers revenge after one of their worst losses of the season in Indiana in mid-December.
Lakers reserve swingman Nick Young led all scorers with 22 points. Bryant finished with 20 points while Carlos Boozer had 12, Ed Davis 11 and Jeremy Lin 10.
Boozer and Hibbert broke into a brief scuffle halfway through the fourth quarter. Boozer shoved Hibbert to the ground during a play, drawing a flagrant foul 1. Hibbert jumped up and shoved Boozer back, earning a technical foul.
The Pacers were led by C.J. Miles off the bench with 19 points. Sloan finished with 16 points, Hibbert had 12, West 11 and both Rodney Stuckey and Hill added 10.
The Lakers shot 38% from the field. The Pacers made 36.7% of their shots, but dominated the offensive boards, 16-5.
The Lakers (11-23) visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night (26-8), although Bryant will sit out (rest). The Pacers (13-22) play on Monday in Utah, against the Jazz (12-22).
Pacers 69, Lakers 63 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers continued to slowly trim their deficit to the Pacers, closing to within six points heading into the fourth quarter.
C.J. Miles leads all scorers with 18 points for the Pacers, who are shooting 40.3% from the field. Donald Sloan added 12 points and David West 11 for Indiana.
The Lakers have been led by Nick Young with 12 points. Both Kobe Bryant and Ed Davis scored 11. The Lakers are shooting 37% from the field.
Indiana dominated the offensive boards, 12-4.
Wayne Ellington started the second half instead of Wesley Johnson, who is out for the remainder of the game with a strained right hip flexor. Johnson will have an MRI exam on Monday, which will keep him out when the Lakers visit the Portland Trail Blazers.
Pacers 48, Lakers 41 (halftime)
Nick Young hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to close the Lakers to within seven points after two quarters.
After a poor first quarter, the Lakers outscored the Pacers, 26-20, in the second. Young leads the team with 12 points, earned primarily at the line with seven made free throws.
Kobe Bryant has nine points, four rebounds and three assists. Ed Davis added eight for the Lakers, who shot only 34.2% from the field.
The Pacers have been led by C.J. Miles, who has 17 points in only 16 minutes. Indiana shot 42.2% from the field and held a 25-12 rebounding advantage over the Lakers.
After hitting six of eight three-pointers in the first quarter, Indiana missed all seven tries in the second.
Pacers 28, Lakers 15 (end of first quarter)
After a hot start in building a seven-point lead, the Lakers quickly fell behind Indiana by double digits.
The Pacers extended a one-point lead with 3:49 left in the first quarter to 13 in a 2 1/2-minute span, hitting four consecutive three-pointers.
C.J. Miles led all scorers with 11 points in only six minutes for Indiana, which shot 45.5% from the field and 75% (6 of 8) from behind the arc.
The Lakers shot 35% from the field and made 1 of 3 three-point shots. Kobe Bryant leads the team with nine points. Ed Davis had four and Jordan Hill two, accounting for all 15 of the Lakers' points.
The Lakers are still without Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (leg).
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