Lakers blow 17-point, fourth-quarter lead to Pacers as Andrew Nembhard's buzzer-beater sinks them to new low

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With 9:59 staying in the 4th quarter of Monday’s video game versus the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers huge guy Wenyen Gabriel knocked house a dunk that put the purple and gold up by a rating of 101-84. No lead is overwhelming in the NBA, however a 17-point benefit with under 10 minutes to play has to do with as close as it gets. According to ESPN’s win possibility chart, the Lakers had a 99.1 percent possibility to win the video game and transfer to 8-11 on the season at that point in the video game.

And then Indiana scored 32 points in under 10 minutes. The Lakers set up a meager 14. The Pacers clawed their method back into the video game with a barrage of 3-pointers and their finest defense of the night, however when LeBron James dropped a floater through the basket with 20.9 seconds staying, it looked as though the Lakers would still have the ability to get away with a 115-113 triumph. The Pacers missed out on several efforts on their last belongings, however they conserved their finest for last. As time ended, Andrew Nembhard sank a 3-point to protect a 116-115 win over the Lakers.

In a method, it practically seemed like the reverse of the wonder 3-pointer Matt Ryan made to conserve the Lakers versus the New Orleans Pelicans previously in the season: a hail mary from a group without any organization winning getting the answer and swinging the result. Of course, New Orleans can pay for a stunning defeat. The Lakers cannot.

Their current 5-1 stretch represented the very first favorable momentum of the season. A win over the Pacers would’ve brought the Lakers within 3 video games of .500 and simply among the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference. More than that, a triumph would have been symbolic thinking about the opposition. The Lakers have actually been working out a possible trade with Indiana for months now. Myles Turner and Buddy Hield both had a hard time for the Pacers. Russell Westbrook, for the a lot of part, was exceptional for the Lakers. A success may’ve purchased the Lakers a couple of days out of the report mill.

Instead, they simply suffered their most disastrous defeat of the season. It was just weeks ago that the Pacers were attempting to persuade the Lakers to take 2 of their finest gamers off of their hands in exchange for draft capital as the obvious start of a restore. That very same group, winners of 8 of their previous 10 video games, simply got rid of a 17-point roadway deficit in a back-to-back to stun the Lakers. It’s tough to think of the season sinking any lower, however offered their current history, I’m sure the Lakers will discover a method. 

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