The Indiana Pacers liked the unique feeling of winning on the road, and thought they'd be able to continue it against the Los Angeles Lakers.
But Magic Johnson hit two free throws with 8.3 seconds left Sunday night to complete the scoring in the Lakers' 115-112 victory over the Pacers.Chuck Person missed a desperation 3-pointer with three seconds left, and the Lakers got the rebound and ran out the clock.
The Pacers, who won their first road game Saturday night at Utah, fell to 1-12 away from home.
Lakers coach Mike Dunleavy said his team did not take the Pacers lightly.
"Indiana came out shooting and it carried into the rest of the game, which made us work that much harder," he said. "I watched films of them against Utah and we knew we'd be in for a tough game. They play hard and with a lot of heart. If you don't play fundamental basketball, they are going to beat you.
"On the last play, we played good defense, which did not allow them an open shot," Dunleavy said.
Reggie Miller made two 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds to pull the Pacers to 113-112 before Johnson was fouled by Detlef Schrempf.
Indiana coach Dick Versace said he used Miller as a decoy on the final play.
"We wanted to get the ball to Person," Versace said. "He got the handoff, but he didn't hit it. He can hit that shot.
"We came on this trip with an agenda," Versace said. "We wanted to win one after so many losses in a row. I don't think there's any question we're an immensely more confident team on the road now."
The Lakers led 109-102 before Pacers guard Mike Williams - who scored all of his 14 points in the fourth quarter - hit two jumpers, making it 109-106 with 1:37 remaining.
"I executed on the plays and tried to do everything I could to help the team win the game," Williams said. "But I made a few mistakes down the stretch.
"Not winning on the road begins to play on your mind," he added. "We need confidence down the stretch of games that we still have a shot at winning. Tonight was a good example of our ability to stay in the game. Things are coming together for us on the road."
Johnson, whose previous season high was 25 points, added 21 assists. James Worthy scored 26 points and Sam Perkins 18 for the Lakers, while Indiana was led by Miller with 24 points and Person with 22.
With the score tied 49-49 in the second quarter, the Lakers scored seven consecutive points and 15 of the last 20 of the period for a 64-54 halftime lead.
The Lakers' largest lead was 82-65 in the third quarter, but the Pacers responded with a 12-3 run to close the gap to 85-77 going into the final period.
Los Angeles has won 11 of 13 games after a 2-5 start.
Trail Blazers 126, Magic 107
At Portland, Ore., Clyde Drexler scored 31 points and Buck Williams had season highs of 26 points and 20 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers overcame a fourth-quarter rally by Orlando to beat the Magic 126-107 on Sunday night.
Scott Skiles, who led Orlando with 21 points, converted a three-point play with 8:16 in the fourth quarter, capping a 16-0 run that gave the Magic a 99-95 lead.
The Trail Blazers, who led 95-85 at the end of the third period, missed their first 10 shots of the fourth quarter, but then followed Orlando's 14-0 run with a 15-0 spurt of their own.
Cliff Robinson's free throw with 7:16 left started the 15-0 run and Drexler followed with a free throw at the 6:33 mark and a 3-pointer with 5:54 left, putting Portland ahead to stay at 100-99. With 3:42 to go, a pair of free throws by Terry Porter made it 110-99, completing the 15-0 run.
The Magic closed to 111-105 on a layup by Nick Anderson with 2:18 left, but Portland finished the game with a 15-2 run for its 13th victory in 14 home games. Orlando fell to 1-13 on the road.
Williams' 20 rebounds was his high in two seasons with the Blazers. His career high was 27 with New Jersey.