The Lakers muscled out arguably their best win of the season, defeating the Pacers in Indiana, 99-93.

Kobe Bryant got through a quarter on a severely sprained ankle he suffered Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, but couldn't play after 12 scoreless minutes.

His teammates came through with contributions from some unlikely sources. Steve Blake (18 points) and Antawn Jamison (17) contributed 35 off the bench, both hitting crucial shots against a tough Indiana squad.

Metta World Peace helped carry the Lakers' offense in key stretches, scoring 19 points while helping to anchor the Lakers’ defense.

Blake also had seven assists and four steals while hitting 5-of-7 from three-point range. Jamison hit 4-of-7 threes in a game where the Lakers shot just 42.3% from the field.

Dwight Howard led the Lakers with 20 points, 12 boards and four blocks, hitting 6-of-11 from the line. The Lakers big man played through foul trouble all night but was still able to help control the Pacers on the defensive end.

Indiana shot 37.4% from the field but hit 12-of-27 from three-point range (44.4%). George Hill led the way with 27 points, Paul George followed with 20.

The Lakers improve to 35-32, defeating the second-place team in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers fall to 40-25 — a full game ahead of the slumping New York Knicks.