LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 15 of his 24 components in the fourth quarter, LeBron James added 18 components and 10 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied late for a 105-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday evening.
Montrezl Harrell had 17 components and Kuzma added 13 rebounds as the defending NBA champions returned from the All-Superstar destroy with honest their fourth win in 11 video games.
Los Angeles trailed by 12 components early in the fourth quarter before Kuzma led a unparalleled rally to retain the Pacers winless towards the Lakers at Staples Heart since November 2015. Kuzma went 5 for 8 with two 3-pointers and four rebounds in the fourth.
“It’s all about boost, and the sport has honest slowed down yearly for him,” James acknowledged. “He knows his position with this team and he does it to a excessive stage, and tonight became once one more instance of that.”
Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 of his 29 components in the first half of for the Pacers, who opened a 3-game road commute with their 11th loss in 16 video games. Domantas Sabonis added 20 components, 14 rebounds and eight assists, however Indiana wilted down the stretch.
“I conception there became once a four-minute stretch there where we let it salvage a long way off from us,” Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren acknowledged.
The Pacers quiet had the ball at midcourt down 103-100 with 9.9 seconds left, however Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stole Brogdon’s inbounds lunge and hit two free throws to ice it.
“I saw the outlet to salvage the grasp shut, so I attempted to salvage in entrance of him,” Caldwell-Pope acknowledged. “We wanted stops. They kept occurring their runs, and we wanted extra vitality. Rebounding the ball and getting out in transition is what we’re most efficient at. I mediate we did it over the final few minutes.”
“They knew the play,” Brogdon acknowledged. “They switched to jabber it. I honest threw a inferior lunge.”
Brogdon lit up the Lakers for 18 components in the first quarter. Indiana had an 86-74 lead early in the fourth, however the Lakers made a 22-4 speed and seized the lead on Kuzma’s assist-to-assist 3-pointers.
Los Angeles won without starters Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol. Davis missed his 10th consecutive game and can also fair be out for no longer lower than two extra weeks with leg accidents, while Marc Gasol is quiet out below the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Pacers: Indiana went 7 for 20 with seven turnovers in the fourth quarter. … LA-train native Justin Vacation went 1 for 10 on 3-pointers, scoring 5 components.
Lakers: Alex Caruso became once sidelined with a bruise on his head throughout the first half of. … Damian Jones scored seven components in his 2nd originate for Los Angeles. The big man signed a 2nd 10-day contract Thursday.
After the sport, Caris LeVert acknowledged he’ll fabricate his Pacers debut Saturday at Phoenix.
LeVert underwent surgery in late January to elevate away a cancerous boost from his kidney nine days after he became once traded to Indiana from Brooklyn in the James Harden/Victor Oladipo trade. The Pacers had been cautious with LeVert’s recovery, however he’s wanting to relieve his struggling modern team.
“It’s been a while, and I’m going over the sport for certain,” LeVert acknowledged. “I constantly saw the sunshine at the tip of the tunnel. I knew the danger I became once feeling after the surgery, that wouldn’t final forever. I knew on this level in time would reach where I felt as a lot as having fun with again. I’ve bought a huge reinforce draw with my family and my teammates. … It’s honest going to be a joy to play the sport tomorrow. I’m certain it’ll be a huge evening for all of us.”
Pacers: At Suns on Saturday.
Lakers: At Warriors on Monday.
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