The Indiana Pacers upset the Los Angeles Lakers 116-115 in their bout last Tuesday, November 29, courtesy of newbie Andrew Nembhard’s buzzer-beater.
The Lakers were looking to add more wins to their stat sheet, especially after beating the San Antonio Spurs twice.
It shocked the Lakers fans, mainly because Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook performed exceptionally well. James had a 21-point performance, to go with Davis’ 25 and Westbrook’s 24.
Unfortunately, they were bested by Tyrese Haliburton’s 24-point game, with the help from Bennedict Mathurin having 23 points.
Coming off scoring 37 points against the Spurs, James went on to have a 7-0 run at the start of their Pacers matchup. He also had seven rebounds and three assists.
Davis, who left their game last Friday due to a left calf contusion, managed to have an outstanding performance, grabbing 13 boards, his 13th double-double of the season.
It was a disappointing game, especially for those who placed their bets at OKBET. The Lakers had a 17-point lead against their opponent.
The loss showed that James and his roster need more sharpshooters than slashers. Nembhard (12 pts, four rebounds, one assist), a second-round pick, was the hero for the Pacers, swishing a three-pointer off an offensive rebound.
Furthermore, throughout the game, Haliburton and his team never led. But they had a 10-0 run in the final quarter, forcing the Lakers to call a timeout.
Before the match concluded, the Pacers upset the Lakers by erasing its lead, with the latter ahead only by one point.
A miss from the Pacers in the final seconds, paired with the inability to rebound by the home team, cost James and his roster the game. The LA Lakers are now 7-11, while their opponent is 11-8.
Are the Lakers in their worst season yet?
Via ESPN, the LA Lakers have been underperforming even before the 2022-23 season officially began. During the pre-season, they only managed to win once.
The James-led team also had a five-game losing streak at the start of the season. LA Lakers first lost to the Golden States Warriors by a large margin before getting beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trailblazers, Denver Nuggets, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lakers managed to win two games in a row before losing again in five consecutive matches. Hopefully, they bounce back as they face off against the Trailblazers this coming Thursday, December 1.