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Paul George scores 20, Pacers cruise past Lakers

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The Indiana Pacers shot 47-101 (46.5%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 21 boards, in a blowout 118-98 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the seventh win for Indiana (43-13) in its last 10 games.

Paul George scored 20 points on 6-18 shooting from the field (1-5 from behind the arc) and 7-7 from the free throw line. Indiana also got solid performances from Lance Stephenson with 13 points and 9 rebounds, Evan Turner with 13 points and 6 rebounds, and David West with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Despite the loss, Kent Bazemore put up 23 points for Los Angeles on 8-19 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-8 from the free throw line.

As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Pacers (80.4% DR%), who took advantage of the Lakers 28th-ranked offensive rebounding (20.9% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Pacers rank second in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 77.3%.

This drops Los Angeles (19-38) to 0-2 against Indiana on the year.

Coming up next, the Pacers battle the Milwaukee Bucks, who are 11-45 on the year. The Lakers go up against the Memphis Grizzlies, currently 31-24 this season. The Pacers won their last two meetings with Milwaukee. The Lakers have a 1-1 record against Memphis this season.


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