In a complete performance, Lance Stephenson scored 15 points and added 14 rebounds and 6 assists to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 104-92. The Pacers put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only four possessions while totaling 23 assists. Indiana (35-9) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Stephenson went 6-9, in a quality offensive outing. Indiana also got solid performances from David West with 19 points and 8 rebounds, Paul George with 14 points and 6 assists, and George Hill with 13 points and 7 rebounds. On 10-19 shooting, Pau Gasol put up 21 points for Los Angeles in the loss. He also tallied 13 rebounds. Kendall Marshall contributed 11 points and 13 assists and Jordan Hill finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Pacers (86.8% DR%), who took advantage of the Lakers 27th-ranked offensive rebounding (21.7% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Pacers rank first in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 77.2%. The Pacers posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.75. This year, they are 3-1 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Lakers are 2-9 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
Los Angeles (16-30) has now dropped their last five in a row.
Coming up next, the Pacers battle the Phoenix Suns, who are 26-18 on the year. The Lakers go up against the Charlotte Bobcats, currently 19-27 this season. The Pacers have a 0-1 record against Phoenix this season. The Lakers are 1-0 versus Charlotte this season.
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