The injury-hit Indiana Pacers compounded the Los Angeles Lakers' early-season misery by sneaking away with a 79-77 road victory at Staples Center.

Playing without star forward Danny Granger, who has not taken the court this season due to a knee injury, the Pacers were far from brilliant but managed to score two more points than their opponents in a sloppy contest Tuesday night.

The Pacers were led by guard George Hill, who scored 19 points and lofted the game-winning bucket over the outstretched arm of center Dwight Howard as the final buzzer sounded.

Indiana also got 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists from power forward David West, whose positive contributions more than compensated for his five turnovers.

As has been the case in several of the Lakers' losses this season, Kobe Bryant has carried the bulk of the scoring load but received insufficient help from his teammates.

Bryant shrugged off flu-like symptoms to pour in 40 points, including a tying 3-pointer with just under 25 seconds remaining in regulation, although his 10 turnovers proved costly in what was a close game from start to finish.

Howard was hindered by foul trouble, but he still managed to score 17 points, haul down eight rebounds and block four shots in a losing effort.

Forward Pau Gasol was the only other Laker player to score in double figures, although he struggled again and managed just 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Turnovers and poor shooting were the story of the game.

The Pacers shot just 37 percent overall from the field and only 21 percent from behind the 3-point arc, but they were outdone in terms of offensive futility by the Lakers, who shot a mere 32 percent from the field and also connected on just 21 percent their 3-pointers.

Los Angeles lost the game despite having 43 free-throw attempts to 27 for the Pacers. Indiana made just 63 percent of their foul shots but the Lakers shot a woeful 54 percent from the stripe.

The teams combined for 36 turnovers overall, with the Pacers committing 17 and their opponents 19.

The Lakers fell to 2-3 with new coach Mike D'Antoni on the sidelines and dropped to 7-8 for the season.

D'Antoni was hired to replace Mike Brown, who was fired after the star-studded team got off to a disappointing 1-4 start.

High expectations surround the Lakers this season after the offseason acquisitions of Howard, a three-time defensive player of the year, and star point guard and two-time MVP Steve Nash, who is currently out of action with a non-displaced leg fracture.

The Pacers improved their record to 7-8.

In other action Tuesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers edged the Dallas Mavericks 100-98, the Phoenix Suns defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-78, the Houston Rockets cruised past the Toronto Raptors 117-101 and the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the Sacramento Kings 97-89. EFE