Lakers suffer 42-point blowout loss to Pacers
The Lakers’ 42-point blow out meant the Pacers earned themselves their third win in a row. James LeBron passes 32,000 career points becoming the fifth player in NBA history to pass 32,000, however that same night he suffered his worst career defeat.
LeBron was powerless to stop the Lakers falling to a second straight game, draining three-pointers en route to a runaway 136-94 victory on Tuesday night.
The Lakers' 42-point loss was the worst by a LeBron James team in a game that LeBron played.
The Lakers have lost 11 games by 40+ points in franchise history. 7 of those 11 losses have come since 2014. pic.twitter.com/wUM62QelSP
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 6, 2019
James returned from a one-game absence with 18 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, along with a game-high six turnovers, but it wasn’t enough.
It will go down as a game the Lakers will want to forget as not only did they suffer one of the worst losses in Lakers history (record is a 49-point loss to the Mavericks in 2017) but there were also a number of gaffes that made it feel even worse than just a terrible defeat.
Just a few minutes into the game Brandon Ingram was at the free throw line receiving chants that ‘LeBron’s gonna trade you’. As one of the Lakers’ best young players, Ingram will most likely be a part of a Davis trade – should one happen. The crowd later went on to chant ‘not worth trading’ at JaVale McGee later in the game.
“That’s just fans being fans,” LeBron said after the game, showing no sympathy he added; “If you let that bother you, you’re in the wrong sport.”
His reaction is no shock considering the dynamic of the team which was clearly seen during the game last night.
Things seem a little awkward on the Lakers bench… pic.twitter.com/LqIqocPUBD
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) February 6, 2019
The Pacers earned their third victory in a row, and one of their best shooting nights in history as they tied a franchise record with 19 3-pointers.
“I think the road trip was good for us to kind of get away from home and bond a little bit,” said Myles Turner after the game. “We dropped the first two but came together with the last couple ones and we just gotta keep it rolling now.”
Myles Turner hit a pair of three-pointers, while Bogdanovic, Aaron Holiday and Cory Joseph added one apiece in the second period, during which the Pacers outscored the Lakers 36-20 to build a 69-46 half-time lead.
Myles Turner humbled Kuz. pic.twitter.com/q1vFtn0nqA
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 6, 2019
The second half was never appreciably closer, as Indiana completed a 19-for-34 from beyond the arc. The Lakers went just 4-for-21.
Connecting on 4-for-10 on 3-pointers, Bogdanovic led seven Pacers in double figures with a game-high 24 points. Turner chipped in with 22 points, Domantas Sabonis, Holiday and Edmond Sumner 17 apiece, Joseph 13 and Thaddeus Young 12.
JaVale McGee had 16 points, Lance Stephenson 13, and Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram 12 apiece for Los Angeles.
“It was going to be a circus with the Lakers and LeBron coming into town, a lot of media attention,” said Pacers head coach Nate McMillan after the win. “For us, it was about playing better than the last time we saw these guys and playing better than we did last night. I thought our guys did that. The energy from start to finish was there, the execution was there.”