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FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs Pacers – Game 19

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Los Angeles Lakers (7-12) | Indiana Pacers (12-8)

 

The Lake Show blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, as well as giving up the game-winning three, to lose to the Indiana Pacers 116-115

 

Lakers vs Pacers
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The NBA suspended Patrick Beverley for three games due to his accumulation of unsportsmanlike acts. It is the eighth time he has either been suspended or fined. He was barred from playing in this one and will be eligible to return in the matchup against Portland.

Anthony Davis healed from a calf contusion and made his return against the Pacers after missing the last game vs. San Antonio.

This was the closest they’d been to full strength all year, as all they were missing was Beverley. LeBron James and Davis were healthy, and they had a chance to build more momentum before the upcoming six-game road trip. But they failed miserably.

The Lake Show’s starters were Dennis Schroder, Lonnie Walker IV, Troy Brown Jr., LeBron James, and Anthony Davis.

James had the first seven points after he dropped 39 at San Antonio, as things got going against Indiana. The Pacers got back in it with a quick 7-0 run highlighted by Aaron Nesmith, who scored five of the seven points.

Davis got the and-1, which got him on the board, but he missed the free throw. Walker IV followed with a layup, and the Lakers were up 13-9. Nesmith tried to rise up for the dunk, but Davis met him at the highest point and used two hands to reject the shot. 

Russell Westbrook checked in for Brown Jr. out of a timeout, but James seemingly tweaked his ankle, and Darvin Ham called a timeout. It seemed to happen as he walked backward and stepped on Tyrese Haliburton’s foot. James returned to the Lakers’ locker room at the 6:22 mark, close to his usual rest substitution. Austin Reaves checked in for him. The Lake Show led 16-14.

In the meantime, the Lakers went cold, and the Pacers pulled in front, as they went on an 11-4 run in the king’s absence to lead 25-20.

Reaves got the defender to jump, but he couldn’t finish. Luckily, Thomas Bryant was there for the follow, and the Lakers were back in front, 28-27.

Some good energy from both Wenyen Gabriel and Bryant off the Laker bench helped them take a 32-29 lead into the 2nd quarter despite James and Davis sitting the final 3 minutes. James’ 10 points led the way, but it was the bench who turned things around in the Lakers’ favor with 14 bench points in that quarter, led by five from Reaves. The Lakers also already had 16 points in the paint.

James returned to the court for the second quarter.

T.J. McConnell got the scoring started in the second with a layup. McConnell had given the Lakers guards all kinds of problems so far. The Lake Show had also been shooting free throws well of late, but not in this one. Four Lakers had already missed one, James, Davis, Dennis Schröder, and Wenyen Gabriel. Only Reaves was 2 for 2. The team was 6 for 10, and Indiana was 8 for 8.

Off of a missed three from James, Brown Jr. got the offensive rebound, passed it off to James, and dumped it off to Davis, who flushed it home. Haliburton scored back-to-back threes to take the lead at 50-48. Davis responded by throwing the lob up to James, who threw it down with two hands to tie the game.

Westbrook reverted to his old ways for a little bit as he air-balled a free throw. But he made up for it with a lob up to Davis, who got the easy lay-in to take the lead at 53-52 with 2:12 remaining in the second.

Westbrook found Davis again, this time for a dunk. To end the half, James found Dennis Schroder wide open in the corner, and he beat the buzzer for three.

 

The Lake Show rode Davis with 18 points, five boards, five assists, and two blocks on 7 of 8 overall and James with 14 points to a 62-56 halftime lead. The Lakers controlled the glass (31-24), as well as beating Indiana on the offensive glass 12-6, and won the free throw battle, 16-21 (76.2%) to the Pacers’ 9-10 (90%).

 

Lakers vs Pacers
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Walker IV got inside and scored the layup to get the second-half scoring started for the Lake Show. Schroder came down and scored a classic floater. Davis got double-teamed once more, and that left Westbrook wide open for three to push the Lakers’ lead up to nine, 80-71

A block by Brown Jr led to a three on the other end by Kendrick Nunn off some excellent ball movement, giving the Lake Show their biggest lead of 12 late in the third quarter.

Rick Carlisle didn’t like the referees calling a transition foul against Indiana, and he let them know. That resulted in him receiving his first technical, giving the Lakers more free throws.

Nunn hit both free throws, and they got the ball back, leading to Westbrook scoring again, resulting in a 16-point lead for the Lake Show. 

However, that 16-point lead was nearly cut in half in about 45 seconds as the Pacers went on an 8-1 run to end the third quarter due to their less-than-ideal transition defense, and Indiana punished them. They led 92-76 with 59 seconds left before allowing a pair of threes and a put-back layup at the buzzer, their lead now down to 9 at 93-84.

To begin the fourth, Reaves got a step back three to fall, followed by a Westbrook and-1, pushing the lead back up to 15. It was a big Laker run to start the fourth that pulled back the points they lost to close the third, as Westbrook capped it off with a pretty layoff to Gabriel for a dunk. It was 101-84 with 9:59 to play.

 

Lakers vs Pacers
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The Pacers quickly diminished that 17-point lead with a 10-0 run in less than two minutes, forcing Ham to call a timeout and sub Davis back in. The momentum shifted entirely in the direction of Indiana. But then Schroder found Davis just before the shot clock ran out for the dunk to end the Pacers’ 10-0 run.

Haliburton then cut that lead to eight after pump-faking Davis into the air and stepping to the side to drain the three. Benedict Mathurin then cut the lead to six with a two. Westbrook came back down and hit a three in response. But the Lakers had a defensive breakdown and gave up a three to Myles Turner.

Now it was a four-point game. Nembhard made it a one-point game after hitting a three with two minutes left. Westbrook bailed the Lake Show out with a lucky bounce for two. Then a stroke of good luck for the Lakers, as there must’ve been a lid on the bucket, as the Pacers missed three times in a row right underneath. After Davis split free throws, it was a two-point lead with 43.6 seconds left.

However, Haliburton got the easiest layup to tie the game. James responded with another score inside to retake the lead with less than 21 seconds left. The Lakers initially got a stop, but they couldn’t get the rebound, leading to Haliburton finding Nembhard wide open, and he hit the game-winning three. The final score was Pacers 116, Lakers 115.

Key Takeaways

 

Lakers vs Pacers
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The Lakers blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead and lost on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer by a rookie. This was a gut-punch loss for the Lake Show. They drop to 7-12. Their late-game execution on both ends was awful. The Lakers were up 101-84 on Indiana with 9:59 to play, poised for a 6th win in 7 games before their late-game collapse.

Darvin Ham emphasized the importance of transition defense, with Indiana coming in 2nd in the NBA in fastbreak points. But that emphasis was nowhere to be found in this one, as the Pacers outscored the Lakers in transition 23-9.

The Lakers were 347-0 when leading by 17+ points in the fourth quarter over the last 20 seasons entering this game, including both the regular and postseason. They were the only NBA team that hadn’t lost a game in that situation over that time, per OptaSTATS.

Despite the loss, the Lakers have still rebounded to win five of their past seven games. After starting 2-10.

James finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. But he was an abysmal 8-22 overall and 3-10 from three. Davis put up 25 points on 9-15 overall, 13 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks. Westbrook had 24 points on a respectable 10-18 overall and 2-4 from three, as well as four rebounds and six assists.

Haliburton led the Pacers with 24 points, seven rebounds, and 14 assists. Mathurin, off the bench, was stellar with 23 points and eight rebounds. Turner and Hield combined for 30 points and 2-13 from three.

Every Lakers’ bench player was in the positive for plus/minus, with the highest being +11 by Nunn. All Laker starters were in the negative, with Schroder being the worst at -16.

Westbrook credited the Pacers after the game for making big shots, “You can be beaten on any given night, and tonight we got beat.”

Ham told reporters after the game that he wished the Lakers would’ve been a lot more aggressive, “That falls on me. I’ll take responsibility for that. I have to do a better job at keeping us organized.”

James told reporters, “Everything has to go wrong for you to lose a game like that, and everything went wrong. They took the game from us, and you give them credit.”

 

The Lakers will now stay at home to take on the Portland Trail Blazers. They’ll face off Wednesday, November 30th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crypto.com Arena. The game will be available on NBA TV and Root Sports Northwest.

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