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Pacers close out western trip against Lakers

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers will try to escape their western road trip with a winning record Tuesday night as they visit the Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pacers, still the owners of the NBA's best mark and the only team in the league with single-digit losses, are 2-2 on their sojourn. They bested the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, but fell to the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets.

The Denver loss was most recent, a 109-96 setback on Saturday night.

Down 19 at the half, the Pacers scored the first 11 points before Denver went on a run. Indiana cut it to six early in the fourth, but the Nuggets did enough to prevail.

Lance Stephenson led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds, followed by 18 points and 11 boards from All-Star Paul George. David West added 16 and George Hill finished with 10.

Both Roy Hibbert and backup center Ian Mahinmi fouled out as the Pacers racked up 27 fouls. Couple that number with 17 turnovers and there's the recipe for beating Indiana.

"As is the case with most of our losses, we fouled too much with 27 fouls and we turned the ball over too much with 17 turnovers," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "Those two things have led to most of our losses."

The Lakers return home after a long annual road trip to accommodate the Grammys being held at the Staples Center. This season, LA went 2-5 on the odyssey with four of the five losses coming in a row at the end of the trip.

The Lakers last loss came in Madison Square Garden, a 110-103 defeat at the hands of the New York Knicks.

Jodie Meeks went 6-of-8 from 3-point range to pace the Lakers with 24 points, while Pau Gasol had 20 along with 13 rebounds. Manny Harris ended with 18 points for Los Angeles.

"Again, we just find a way to lose," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni remarked. "It just oozes away from us."

With the Lakers back home, there were several updates on the injury front.

The biggest story was a non-story as Kobe Bryant won't be evaluated until Tuesday.

Steve Nash was expected to go through practice on Monday, but "tweaked his back" according to team spokesman John Black, who stated it was unrelated to the nerve root irritation injury that has sidelined Nash for months.

Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) have not been cleared to practice. Xavier Henry is at least two weeks away from a return and Meeks and Gasol were held out of practice on Monday, but both are expected to play on Tuesday.

"You try to stay positive," D'Antoni said after practice on Monday. "Guys are getting a little bit better. We have to stay competitive. It would be really good to get these guys back."

The two teams split last season's matchups, but Indiana has won three straight as the visitor in this series.

01/28 10:42:09 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR