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Clarkson leads short-handed Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers

LOS ANGELES (AP) They were missing three injured starters and made two free throws all night. Hard to imagine the Los Angeles Lakers could find a more unlikely way to win.

Reserve guard Jordan Clarkson sparked an undermanned team with 33 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, leading Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory Friday night over the Indiana Pacers.

The Lakers won for the first time in nine games this season without rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. And they did it despite going 2 for 14 from the foul line, a franchise low at 14.3 percent.

''It was defense,'' coach Luke Walton said. ''Our defense was awesome tonight. That was the challenge all day to the guys. It doesn't matter who's out, how many guys are out, if we defend the way we're capable and compete on that end of the floor.''

The Lakers held Indiana to 38.1 percent shooting, including a miserable 2 of 25 from 3-point range.

''We missed shots, turned the ball over and they made shots,'' Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ''That was really the game.''

The Lakers first grabbed control in the second quarter. Players took turns aggressively slashing through the lane and then Clarkson got hot, scoring nine points as Los Angeles outscored the Pacers 29-14 in the period.

''I was just hooping today,'' Clarkson said. ''I was comfortable, not thinking too much.''

Walton said in his experience, players have breakout offensive games when they're not thinking about scoring.

''To me, guys normally have nights like that when they stop thinking about offense,'' Walton said. ''You kind of get lost in doing other things when you're as gifted as he is offensively. That's when you have nights like that.''

The Lakers shot 55 percent from the floor. But at the foul line, Clarkson made two of his three free throws; the rest of the team was 0 for 11.

''It's like a virus or something,'' Clarkson said.

Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 25 points, but most of his teammates struggled offensively. Darren Collison shot 1 of 9 and Lance Stephenson was 1 for 12.

It marked the first time this season the Pacers, the NBA's third-best shooting team, finished under 40 percent in consecutive games.

''They just didn't go in,'' Oladipo said. ''We were getting open looks, too, and they weren't going in. It's part of the game.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: Three former UCLA players returned to Los Angeles with Indiana, including two rookies making their first appearances as pros: forward TJ Leaf (18th overall draft pick) and C Ike Anigbogu (47th). Both have struggled to earn playing time, while Collison has become a fixture at point guard. ... C Myles Turner missed his sixth consecutive game with a strained right elbow.

Lakers: Maybe it's Staples Center. The Lakers played without three regulars in Ball (knee), F Brandon Ingram (ankle) and G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (strained Achilles). So all five players on the court for the opening tip were not typically starters. Their arena-mates, the Clippers, have been playing down at least three starters for most of the season.

BALL MOVEMENT

Although the rookie point guard is not a big-time scorer, Ball leads the Lakers in assists and defensive rebounds. And until Friday, the Lakers had been winless without him. But against the Pacers, they had 26 assists and moved the ball well. ''Our guys were making the right play all night long,'' Walton said. ''That led to good shots and that led to assists. It's that simple.''

UP NEXT

Pacers: Travel to San Antonio, where they've lost their last three, to face the Spurs on Sunday.

Lakers: Host the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
K. Kuzma
0 PF
31.2 Min. Per Game 31.2
16.5 Pts. Per Game 16.5
1.9 Ast. Per Game 1.9
6.2 Reb. Per Game 6.2
48.3 Field Goal % 45.5
48.3 Three Point % 45.6
79.2 Free Throw % 72.0
  Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr. 0:19
  Cory Joseph missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
+ 2 Larry Nance Jr. made dunk, assist by Kyle Kuzma 0:27
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:32
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 0:32
  Shooting foul on Larry Nance Jr. 0:32
  Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis 0:52
  Kyle Kuzma missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:55
+ 2 Cory Joseph made layup 1:15
  Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young 1:17
  Cory Joseph missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:21
Team Stats
Points 86 99
Field Goals 37-97 (38.1%) 44-80 (55.0%)
3-Pointers 2-25 (8.0%) 9-28 (32.1%)
Free Throws 10-13 (76.9%) 2-14 (14.3%)
Total Rebounds 53 58
Offensive 12 6
Defensive 32 41
Team 9 11
Assists 15 26
Steals 9 7
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 9 14
Fouls 18 17
Technicals 1 0
25 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
33 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Pacers 24-22 2514272086
home team logo Lakers 16-29 1829272599
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 24-22 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Lakers 16-29 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
V. Oladipo SG 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
J. Clarkson PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
V. Oladipo SG 25 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
J. Clarkson PG 33 PTS 7 REB 7 AST
38.1 FG% 55.0
8.0 3PT FG% 32.1
76.9 FT% 14.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 35 25 5 4 1 0 2 2 11/26 1/5 2/2 1 4 37 -4
D. Sabonis 34 15 14 1 0 2 0 2 6/10 0/1 3/5 3 11 33 -9
B. Bogdanovic 31 11 6 1 2 0 2 2 5/12 1/6 0/0 3 3 19 -2
T. Young 35 10 4 0 1 0 2 3 5/11 0/2 0/0 2 2 13 -9
D. Collison 25 5 2 4 3 1 2 2 1/9 0/4 3/4 0 2 17 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 35 25 5 4 1 0 2 2 11/26 1/5 2/2 1 4 37 -4
D. Sabonis 34 15 14 1 0 2 0 2 6/10 0/1 3/5 3 11 33 -9
B. Bogdanovic 31 11 6 1 2 0 2 2 5/12 1/6 0/0 3 3 19 -2
T. Young 35 10 4 0 1 0 2 3 5/11 0/2 0/0 2 2 13 -9
D. Collison 25 5 2 4 3 1 2 2 1/9 0/4 3/4 0 2 17 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Joseph 28 8 1 1 1 0 0 2 4/8 0/3 0/0 0 1 12 -21
A. Jefferson 13 6 5 1 0 0 0 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 4 13 -4
L. Stephenson 16 3 5 3 1 0 0 0 1/12 0/3 1/1 1 4 15 -7
T. Leaf 9 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 1/2 0/1 1/1 0 0 4 -5
J. Young 9 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 1 -2
A. Poythress 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 86 44 15 9 4 9 18 37/97 2/25 10/13 12 32 164 -65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Randle 20 14 4 2 1 1 0 3 7/12 0/0 0/2 1 3 24 -9
K. Kuzma 32 13 5 3 0 1 3 3 5/15 3/9 0/3 0 5 22 +3
J. Hart 32 9 5 1 0 0 3 2 4/8 1/4 0/0 0 5 13 +5
T. Ennis 19 7 1 5 0 0 0 5 3/5 1/1 0/2 0 1 18 -12
C. Brewer 29 4 7 0 2 0 2 2 2/6 0/2 0/0 2 5 11 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Randle 20 14 4 2 1 1 0 3 7/12 0/0 0/2 1 3 24 -9
K. Kuzma 32 13 5 3 0 1 3 3 5/15 3/9 0/3 0 5 22 +3
J. Hart 32 9 5 1 0 0 3 2 4/8 1/4 0/0 0 5 13 +5
T. Ennis 19 7 1 5 0 0 0 5 3/5 1/1 0/2 0 1 18 -12
C. Brewer 29 4 7 0 2 0 2 2 2/6 0/2 0/0 2 5 11 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 33 33 7 7 0 0 4 0 14/19 3/6 2/3 0 7 50 +25
L. Nance Jr. 27 10 11 3 3 2 0 1 5/5 0/0 0/2 3 8 32 +22
A. Caruso 28 5 2 4 1 0 1 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 2 15 +25
B. Lopez 15 4 5 1 0 2 1 1 2/7 0/4 0/2 0 5 12 +10
K. Caldwell-Pope - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Hayes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ingram - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Zubac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 47 26 7 6 14 17 44/80 9/28 2/14 6 41 197 +65