Paul George scored 20 points and got plenty of help from his teammates as the Indiana Pacers rolled to a 118-98 victory over the reeling Los Angeles Lakers.
George scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter as the Pacers outscored Los Angeles 34-16 to put the game out of reach Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The All-Star forward, who headed a list of seven players in double figures, also dished out six assists for the game.
Point guard George Hill scored 14 points, while shooting guard Lance Stephenson and reserve forward Evan Turner, playing his first game for the Pacers since being acquired in a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers, added 13 points apiece for Indiana.
"It's always great to win. That's why you play. I'm a competitor. It was great to win, man. I'm definitely happy. When you go through rough patches like we did in Philly (currently on an 11-game losing streak), sometimes you appreciate every little one you get," Turner was quoted as saying on the Pacers' official Web site.
With the win, the Pacers improved to 43-13 and extended their Eastern Conference lead over the idle Miami Heat to two games.
The Lakers, who trailed by just three at halftime, got 23 points from forward Kent Bazemore and 15 points from Wesley Johnson in a losing effort.
Los Angeles, normally one of the NBA's elite teams, currently finds itself in last place in the Western Conference with a record of 19-38. EFE