Lakers fall flat against Pacers as winning streak ends – Orange County Register


INDIANAPOLIS — The Lakers were due for the type of game they had in their 109-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

A night when the shots they usually hit don’t fall. When each turnover is even more costly. When the heavy legs from what’s already become a long road trip show themselves.

The Lakers (41-33) were on the receiving end of all of it against the Pacers (42-33) – a team they’ve had great offensive success against in previous matchups this season, but they didn’t on Friday night.

The Lakers, who have been one of the NBA’s best offensive teams over the last couple of months, struggled from the opening tip, eventually ending their season-best five-game win streak.

They didn’t score more than 25 points in any quarter, with their 90 points being the fewest they scored in a game this season.

Anthony Davis, who was available after missing Wednesday’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies because of a hyperextended left knee, finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds and three assists but appeared to still be battling through the knee ailment.

LeBron James finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while Austin Reaves had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, but both James and Reaves had five turnovers apiece.

Rui Hachimura added 14 points. D’Angelo Russell struggled, finishing with just six points on 3-for-14 shooting to go with five assists.

The Lakers shot 40.7% from the field (35 for 86) and just 16.7% from 3-point range (five for 30), with their shooting accuracy from behind the arc being their second-worst of the season.

They trailed for nearly the entire game after taking an early lead, including 27-24 at the end of the first quarter, 54-49 at halftime and 86-72 going into the fourth.

The Lakers made a comeback attempt, cutting their deficit to eight points early in the fourth and seven (90-83) after Davis made a pair of free throws following a flagrant foul. But they didn’t get any closer.

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