It seemed like it was going to be the Lakers’ night with the way they were shooting in the first quarter, but they let off the gas early and let the Pacers come back from behind.
After trailing by double digits for most of the first half, the Pacers went into the half only down 2 and carried that momentum into the third quarter where they would pull away. Indiana shot 75 percent from the field in the third quarter, outscoring the Lakers 35-21.
Leading the way for Indiana was Myles Turner, who got almost everything he wanted on Monday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. He didn’t offer the Lakers’ bigs much resistance on defense, as Julius Randle and Brook Lopez combined for 44 points, but he made up for it on offense.
Also reaching the 20-point mark for Indiana was Victor Oladipo, who scored 20 points and was an irritant on defense getting three steals. Five different Pacers ended the night in double figures.
But there were some bright spots for the Lakers, like Lopez who has been fantastic in the month of March so far and Kyle Kuzma, who is slowly but surely breaking through the rookie wall. Kuzma had a team-high 27 points and nearly notched a double-double with 8 rebounds.
Isaiah Thomas is still struggling to find his shot, shooting 28.6 percent from the field on 14 attempts, but his playmaking off the bench continues to be invaluable to a second unit that struggles to create their own shots.
The Lakers will travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans on Thursday. Hopefully by then Brandon Ingram will be ready to go. If not, it might be another painful watch.