The Lakers took to the road Tuesday and achieved a similar result: a resounding victory. The Lakers obviously saved some energy from their mandhandling of the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night as they blew out the Indiana Pacers 134-114 and established a team season high in points in the process. Eight Lakers scored in double figures, led by Kobe Byant’s 32 points in only 31 minutes and Andrew Bynum’s 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bynum also excelled on the defensive end, shutting down the Pacers Jermaine O’Neal while blocking four shots. Jordan Farmar played his second straight outstanding game, scoring a career high 18 points for L.A.
The Lakers “bench mob” was at it again Tuesday, chipping in a healthy 53 points. Even seldom used Coby Karl got in on the action, scoring his first two NBA points. In all, eight Lakers reached double figures including all five Lakers starters and three men off the bench.
Ronny Turiaf returned from injury to play 17 minutes, scoring one point. The Lakers will need him to contribute more in the next two games with Kwame Brown out indefinitely.
Recently traded forward Brian Cook, apparently unable to catch a flight out of Indianapolis, showed up at the game to say goodbye to his Lakers teammates, sitting behind the Lakers bench. Although Kobe acknowledged that the news was difficult for the team to accept, he said the time to mourn was after the game. Judging by the final score, it looks like the Lakers kept their focus just fine.