The Los Angeles Lakers made a fourth-quarter push but fell short against the Indiana Pacers in a 107-103 loss. A three-pointer from Kobe Bryant with 12 seconds remaining made it a one-point game, but the Lakers couldn't complete what would have been a surprising comeback. What started off as a slow game turned into a surge from the purple and gold as they tried to snap their longest losing streak of the season, but outscoring Indiana 38-27 in the final frame wasn't enough to redeem an otherwise ugly game.
The Lakers dug themselves into a hole in the first quarter, making just two of their 20 field-goal attempts as a team through the entire opening 12 minutes. The offense looked rudderless, and they seemed every bit like a team on the second half of a back-to-back. The sluggish start was too much for the Lakers to overcome as the final moments of the game turned into intentional fouls to stretch out the clock.
Nick Young was on fire off the bench, making 6 of his 14 three-point attempts and stepping in as the Lakers' perimeter threat. His exchange of long-range shots with Paul George was one of the more entertaining sequences of the game. George racked up a game-high 39 points, draining five of his 10 three-pointers.
Bryant had another off night, making just four of his 20 shot attempts. D'Angelo Russell had a mostly-quiet game, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. He also played just under three minutes in the fourth quarter, sitting out the end of the game while the Lakers pushed for a victory.
Los Angeles begins an eight-game road trip in Philadelphia on Tuesday, kicking off what can now officially be labeled as Kobe Bryant's farewell tour. The Lakers could find themselves on the "right" side of history if they break their six-game losing streak against the 76ers, sending them to the worst start in NBA history at 0-18.