Kobe Bryant tried mightily to get one more win in Indiana for the Los Angeles Lakers, but the 20-year NBA veteran who’s retiring after the season came up short.
But not by much.
Bryant made three consecutive 3-pointers late in the game, the last coming at the 2:30 mark, to give his team an 82-79 lead, but Pacers forward Paul George scored 6 straight points to help Indiana beat the Lakers, 89-87, Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Bryant scored 19 points to lead LA, but shot just 6-of-25 from the field and 4-for-14 from 3-point territory. Upon leaving the game with 10.8 seconds remaining, the man who so far has amassed 33,226 career points (25.1 points per game), tapped his chest, waved and nodded appreciatively to the sold-out crowd of 18,165 that chanted his name loudly all night.
George had 21 points and 9 rebounds to top the Pacers. Rookie Myles Turner had a double-double — 14 points and 13 rebounds and George Hill finished with 15 points and 6 assists.
Julius Randle had 15 points and 19 rebounds for the Lakers, D’Angelo Russell finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
The Pacers (28-24) host Charlotte Wednesday night (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana). The Lakers play at Cleveland the same night (8 p.m., ESPN) — one more matchup between Bryant and LeBron James.
Bryant, George and James will start in the 65th NBA All-Star game on Sunday in Toronto (8:20 p.m., TNT).
Click here to read an Associated Press story about Bryant’s last NBA game in Indiana and enjoy some photos of Bryant throughout the years.
1996 draft, 13th overall pick: (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
1998 NBA All-Star game with Michael Jordan: (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE Getty Images)
2000 NBA championship celebration: (Ezra O. Shaw/Allsport)
2002 All-Star game action: (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
2004 NBA Finals, dunking on the Pistons: (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
2008 USA Basketball Olympics action: (Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)
2012 All-Star game with LeBron James: (Associated Press)
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