We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 118-98 loss at Indiana:
Rebounds for Indiana, including 21 on the offensive end. The Pacers, who owned a size advantage at every starting position, held a plus-20 edge on the glass and a plus-11 in second-chance points. Six different players grabbed at least six boards for the home team, including four of five starters.
Third-quarter points for Indiana (12 of 24 field goals) compared to just 16 for the Lakers (6 of 18 field goals, seven turnovers). As such, the Pacers turned a three-point halftime lead into a 21-point margin going into the fourth quarter. “They turned up their intensity,” Kent Bazemore said. “They are the best defensive team in the NBA and they made it tough for us and we couldn’t bounce back.”
Points for Bazemore, a new career high. He also added four boards, three assists and three steals, and showed his ability to get to the rim (eight free-throw attempts). In three games with the Lakers, the Old Dominion product is averaging 18.3 points, 2.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals on 45.2 percent field goals.
Blocked shots for the Lakers, including seven in the second quarter. The interior defense in the second frame allowed L.A. to keep the game close (three-point halftime deficit). Pau Gasol registered four swats, while Chris Kaman and Ryan Kelly had two apiece off the pine.
Minutes for Nick Young, who is expected to miss the two games on the road trip because of knee soreness. Young returned vs. Brooklyn on Sunday after a six-game absence with a displaced fracture of the patella/bone bruise and scored 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench.