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Bryant's 32 points leads Lakers past Pacers

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kobe Bryant scored 32 points, and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers 134-114 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

Jordan Farmar had a career-high 18 points, Andrew Bynum added 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Lakers rolled to a season-high point total.

Los Angeles acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Orlando Magic for forward Brian Cook and swingman Maurice Evans earlier in the day. Ariza hadn't joined the Lakers by the opening tip.

Shawne Williams led the Pacers (4-7) with a career-high 24 points, and Jamaal Tinsley added 10 points and 10 assists. It was Indiana's worst home defeat since a 24-point loss to New Jersey on March 4, 2001.

The Lakers (7-3) have won their past three games by a combined 60 points. Eight Lakers scored in double figures for first time since Nov. 26, 2003.

Los Angeles shot 61 percent to lead 71-63 at halftime. Bryant scored his average, 26 points, before the break. He made five of seven 3-pointers in the first half, often leaving his arm in the air well after his follow-through. Bynum had three powerful dunks before halftime.

Danny Granger tried to get the Pacers back in the game. He cut the Lakers' lead to 87-74 with a layup in the third quarter. He then blocked Bryant's shot against the glass at the other end, and converted another layup to get Indiana within 11.

The Lakers quickly recovered and led 104-90 heading into the fourth quarter. They opened the final period with a 12-0 run.

Notes:

Lakers C Kwame Brown was out with a sprained knee and ankle. ... The Lakers shot 67 percent in the first quarter, yet only led 37-35 at the end of the period. ... Los Angeles G Coby Karl played for just the second time this season and scored the first points of his career on a pair of free throws with 26.1 seconds left. He had played one minute in the season opener against Houston. He played three minutes against the Pacers.



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