Pacers take down Lakers with last-second basket
By Ben Everill
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - - Indiana guard George Hill delivered the kind of last-gasp, game-winning basket Kobe Bryant is famous for to give the Pacers a scrappy 79-77 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Bryant shrugged off "flu-like symptoms" to score 40 of the Lakers' points, though he was disappointed to have turned the ball over 10 times.
The Lakers trailed for most of the game but looked set for another come-from-behind win when Bryant slotted a three-pointer to tie the score at 77-77 with 24 seconds left.
Hill had other ideas, however.
He milked the clock before driving hard to the hoop and his floating lay-up bounced on the rim in the last second before dropping through the net.
"It was a great feeling," Hill told reporters. "It's something you dream about all the time, to hit game winners."
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said he had faith that Hill's shot would come off.
"He works on the floater more than anybody I've ever met, it's his money shot," Vogel said. Continued...