After playing the Indiana Pacers Tuesday, the Lakers visit the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
The Los Angeles Lakers managed to keep pace with the Indiana Pacers for most of the game, but they still suffered a 118-98 loss.
LA was just down three points at the half, then came the third quarter.
The Lakers were outscored 34-16 thanks to a big quarter from Pacers’ Paul George. LA couldn’t recover in the fourth and, thus, fell 0-2 versus Indiana for the first time since 1991-1992 season.
George dominated the third quarter, scoring 12 of his 20 points. Seven players ended in double figures for the Pacers compared to only five players for the Lakers.
The Pacers also outrebounded the Lakers 62-42 and outscored them in the paint 50-42. Free throws also killed the Lakers as they shot a mere 60 percent from the line, while also sending the Pacers to the line 25 times.
Indiana also got a lot of production from new comer Evan Turner. Turner finished with 13 points and six rebounds in his debut.
But Turner wasn’t the only newcomer putting up points.
Lakers Kent Bazemore hit his third career-high in just three games finishing with 23 points. Kendall Marshall struggled finishing with only four assists and three rebounds in 18 minutes. Pau Gasol added 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
This season injuries seem to come at the worst time for the Lakers. Nick Young missed Tuesday’s game, and is expected to miss the Lakers next game versus the Memphis Grizzlies due to knee pain.
Kobe Bryant was recently evaluated, and is expected to be out another three weeks. With no playoffs in sight, it is unclear if Bryant will even return this season.
With the loss, LA falls to 19-38 on the year and falls to the worst NBA record in the Western Conference.