George's big finish leads Pacers past Lakers 89-87
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana's Paul George scored all seven of his second-half points in the final 71 seconds Monday night and Monta Ellis made two free throws with 20.6 seconds left to seal an 89-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
George finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Myles Turner added 14 points and 13 rebounds on a night the Pacers (28-24) blew a 17-point second-half lead, then scored nine straight points for the win.
Kobe Bryant scored 19 points in his final appearance in Indianapolis. He made three straight 3-pointers to give the Lakers an 82-79 lead with 2:30 left to play. But he also missed two 3s in the final 20 seconds.
When he was pulled out of the game with 10.8 seconds to go, the Pacers' crowd serenaded him with chants of ''Ko-be, Ko-be.''
But the Lakers (11-43) have still lost 12 of their last 15.