On a night when Kobe Bryant dropped 40 points despite battling the flu, Indiana's George Hill still managed to upstage the new showtime Lakers.
With the game tied and time winding down, the 26-year-old guard dribbled down the clock at the top of the three-point arc. When David West came out to initiate the pick-and-roll, Hill burst toward the rim. He blew by Pau Gasol and then threw up a high-arching shot over the outstretched arm of Dwight Howard. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year couldn't reach it. The ball kissed the glass and fell through for the game-winner.
In the final minute, Hill scored the Pacers' final four points including the game-winner. Moments before Hill managed to elude the entire Lakers' frontcourt, Kobe tied the game with a clutch shot of his own.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Kobe's 40 happened to be more than 50 percent of the team's points as the Pacers shut down his teammates (the Lakers also missed 20 foul shots). Thanks to Indiana's defense, L.A. never led in the game after Bryant made the his first basket putting his side up 3-0.
Hill finished with a team-high 19 as the Pacers went on to win 79-77. Per Scott Agess of Pacers.com, Indiana has made a habit of winning at the Staples Center.