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Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Attendance: 15,572
Pacers open extended home run vs. struggling Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers
- Los Angeles snapped a seven-game losing streak in Indiana with a 122-115 win last season. That victory gave each team a 5-5 record in the series since 2016-17.
- The Lakers are 2-5 and are averaging 104.4 points per game over their last seven contests after going 7-5 while averaging 112.3 points in their first 12 games of the year. LA has scored under 110 points in five of its last seven games after doing so in four of its first 12.
- Russell Westbrook had his first 30-point triple-double as a Laker last night with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the 48th such game of his career, which is 14 more than the next-closest active player, LeBron James.
- The Pacers posted their largest win of the year on Monday with a 109-77 victory in Chicago. The 77 points are the fewest that Indiana has allowed in any game over the last five seasons.
- Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner each posted a double-double on Monday, the 20th time that they have each had 10+ points and 10+ rebounds in the same game. That is tied for the most such games by any Pacer duo over the last 35 seasons, matching Dale Davis and Rik Smits.
- The Pacers rank 28th in the NBA this season in second-half scoring with 48.7 points per game. The Lakers are allowing 55.7 second-half points per contest, the second-worst mark in the league behind only the Kings (56.4).
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The Indiana Pacers play the first of nine home games over a 10-game stretch on Wednesday, welcoming the Los Angeles Lakers to Indianapolis.
Los Angeles comes into the fifth and final game of a road swing playing the second half of a back-to-back. The Lakers lost 106-100 to the New York Knicks on Tuesday without the suspended LeBron James, taking their fourth defeat in five games.
"Our execution on either side of the ball wasn't good enough to start the game," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said postgame.
Los Angeles trailed 36-20 at the end of the first quarter and spent the rest of the game trying to battle back.
Lakers guard Russell Westbrook, the NBA's all-time career leader in triple-doubles, recorded his 188th with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in Tuesday's contest. Anthony Davis scored 20 points while dealing with a non-COVID-related illness, but he shot just 7 of 17 from the floor and 5 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Davis' shooting woes were indicative of a collective issue for Los Angeles. The Lakers finished 34 of 91 from the floor in New York, an uncharacteristically woeful 37.4 percent for one of the NBA's top 10 teams in field-goal percentage.
Talen Horton-Tucker, who made his season debut Nov. 14 after recovering from a torn ligament in his right thumb, went scoreless. After starting his 2021-22 campaign with games of 17, 28 and 25 points, Horton-Tucker scored a combined 10 over the last three.
"We used (Horton-Tucker) as a point guard instead of (Rajon) Rondo in the minutes (Westbrook) was out," Vogel said. "I don't know if that had anything to do with (Horton-Tucker's scoring struggles)."
James served a one-game, league-imposed suspension on Tuesday for striking the Detroit Pistons' Isaiah Stewart on Sunday.
James returns to the lineup on Wednesday for what will be just his ninth appearance this season. The Lakers are 5-3 with James playing, and they are 4-7 without him.
He leads Los Angeles against an Indiana team seeking its first three-game winning streak of the season.
The Pacers rebounded from a three-game skid with blowout wins over the New Orleans Pelicans (111-94 on Saturday) and the Chicago Bulls (109-77 on Monday).
Justin Holiday, who was one of five Pacers to score in double figures at Chicago, believes that the lopsided wins were reflective of Indiana's goals for the current stretch in the season.
"Beating a team that's high-powered and doing well in our conference is big for us," Holiday said. "We're trying to put a string of games together (playing well for the majority of the contest). ... We've done that the last two games.
"Being able to do that (Monday) and win the game and win it the way we did, is good for our team to see when we do it that way, it works."
The Pacers posted just their third road win in 12 tries this season. They are 5-2 at home, so the upcoming stretch in Indianapolis could prove vital to their standing in the Eastern Conference.
Domantas Sabonis (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Myles Turner (12, 10) both recorded double-doubles at Chicago, and Malcolm Brogdon scored exactly 16 points for a third consecutive contest.
Brogdon leads five Pacers averaging in double-figures scoring this season at 20.9 points per game. Sabonis (17.9), Caris LeVert (14.2), Chris Duarte (13.1) and Turner (12.7) are the others.
--Field Level Media
Updated November 24, 2021