LeBron scores season-high 39, complains about fans as Lakers edge out Pacers in OT

2021-11-25 03:33


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LeBron James scored seven of his season-high 39 points in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers (10-10) closed their five-game road swing with a 124-116 (26-31, 34-35, 22-18, 30-128, 12-4) defeat of the Indiana Pacers (8-12) Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Los Angeles trailed early in the second leg of a back-to-back and spent most of the game playing from behind.

The Lakers chipped away at the deficit, pulling ahead in the late fourth quarter. James scored seven of Los Angeles' points in a row to power the Lakers to a six-point lead with 1:17 left, but Indiana responded when Justin Holiday and Chris Duarte each hit a 3-pointer in the final 27.3.

Player of the Game
LeBron  James
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32
LeBron James
Points 39
Accuracy 13-29
Rebounds 5
Assists 6

Duarte's off-balance jump shot from the corner, part of a 17-point night for the rookie, forced overtime.

Los Angeles controlled the extra period, holding the Pacers to just four points. James, who missed the would-be game-winner at the end of regulation, connected on a step-back 3-pointer and fadeaway jumper in the waning moments to keep Indiana's rally efforts at bay.

James added five rebounds and a team-high six assists. Russell Westbrook scored 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished five assists in the win, which came without Anthony Davis. Davis missed Wednesday's game due to a non-COVID illness.

The Lakers leader, LeBron James, was involved in the episode outside the court. The King encouraged referees to lead out the people who were shouting loud calls. The referee heard LeBron’s notes and the fans were asked to leave their seats.

The Lakers bench responded, scoring 53 combined points. Malik Monk set the pace with 17, while Carmelo Anthony and Wayne Ellington each chipped in 14 points.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 28 points, leading the way among seven Pacers scoring in double-figures. Holiday hit four 3-pointers en route to 16 points, T.J. McConnell and Caris LeVert each scored 10 points, Myles Turner added 12 points and Domantas Sabonis recorded his 14th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

With the loss, Indiana remained without three consecutive wins at any point in the season. The Pacers came into Wednesday's game with blowout wins over New Orleans and Chicago in their previous two games.

Los Angeles finished its road swing 2-3 with Wednesday's win.

Lakers: LeBron James 39 (8/17 2PT, 5/12 3PT, 8/9 FT, 5 REB, 6 AST, 2 BLK), Russell Westbrook 20 (4/12 2PT, 9/11 FT, 7 REB, 5 AST, 4 TO), Malik Monk 17 (3/6 3PT, 8 REB), Wayne Ellington 14 (4/6 3PT), Carmelo Anthony 14 (2/7 3PT).

Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon 28 (4/11 2PT, 5/10 3PT, 5/6 FT, 7 REB), Chris Duarte 17 (4/8 2PT, 3/10 3PT), Justin Holiday 16 (4/12 3PT, 6 REB), Domantas Sabonis 14 (5/9 2PT, 12 REB, 6 AST), Myles Turner 12 (1/6 3PT, 6 REB, 2 BLK), Caris LeVert 10 (5/10 2PT), T.J. McConnell 10 (4/7 2PT, 5 REB, 8 AST).

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