Clarkson helps Lakers roll past Knicks

Victor Oladipo scores 19 points as Pacers win over Spurs on Sunday

Clarkson helps Lakers roll past Knicks

The 86 points for the Pacers marked their second fewest in a game this season.

IN (24-22) heads to the Alamo City after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers 99-86 on Friday. Hard to imagine the Los Angeles Lakers could find a more unlikely way to win.

Los Angeles scored the most points in the second quarter with 29, in scored 14 in that time frame.

Indiana Pacers center Al Jefferson, right, and Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez vie for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points. The Spurs and Pacers first met on October 13, 1973, in Indianapolis, when both teams played in the ABA.

Forwards Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic reached the double digits for IN, scoring 10 and 11 points respectively.

The Los Angeles Lakers will get another look at a player they could have taken in the 2015 NBA Draft when the New York Knicks visit Sunday.

Pacers center Domantas Sabonis, right, is fouled by Lakers guard Tyler Ennis during the first half of Friday's game at Staples Center. As a team, the Spurs shot just 34 percent from the field and five of 20 from the three-point line but they just couldn't get over the hump after falling behind by 14 points in the third quarter.

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Difference is all in the putts. "I holed the putts on the back nine, ten, 12, 13, 15, 16, the up-and-down on 18". To sort of validate your position as the Player of the Year so early on is really satisfying in a way".

On Friday, with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all ailing from various injuries, Clarkson erupted for his best game of the season.

Clarkson scored 33 points in his previous outing. "We didn't have all our main guys and stuff".

"He's from Texas, I'm from Texas, you know what I'm saying?" asked Clarkson, who grew up in San Antonio. The ensuing three-point play put the Lakers up by 11. "Our defense was awesome tonight". And they did it despite going 2 for 14 from the foul line, a franchise low at 14.3 percent.

Entering Sunday, the Lakers are 1-8 when Ball does not play.

"It was defense", coach Luke Walton said. "We all want to stay together and continue to get better as a group". "It's like a virus or something, man".

Guard Jordan Clarkson, who sunk both free throws for the Lakers while five of his teammates went at least 0-for-2, couldn't believe it when told after the game. "If I'm not, it is what it is".

The layup capped a 15-2 run as the Lakers shut down IN down the stretch.

While Randle and Clarkson carrying the Lakers to victory is an easy narrative that would not be false, Caruso served as the catalyst in many ways. He also capped his game-winning effort with seven rebounds and seven assists. He managed 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Burke had four points and four assists in seven minutes.

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