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NBA: Lakers lose to Pacers at the buzzer after blowing 17-point lead

/ 02:35 PM November 29, 2022
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FILE – Tyrese Haliburton #0 of the Indiana Pacers reacts in the third quarter of the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on November 07, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFP

Tyrese Haliburton scored 24 points with 14 assists and Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the visiting Indiana Pacers rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-115 on Monday night.

LeBron James had just given the Lakers a 115-113 lead with 20.9 seconds remaining when the Pacers got two chances at a go-ahead 3-pointer, the first from Myles Turner with 5.6 seconds left. Haliburton grabbed the rebound and found Nembhard, who nailed a 25-footer as time expired.

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Rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored 23 points for the Pacers, while Aaron Nesmith had 16 points. Turner had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana, while Buddy Hield also added 15 points.

Anthony Davis scored 25 points for the Lakers, while Russell Westbrook added 24 off the bench. James had 21 for Los Angeles, which entered with five victories in its past six games.

Davis contributed 13 rebounds and six assists after missing a victory Saturday over the San Antonio Spurs with a bruised left calf. Austin Reaves had 13 points for Los Angeles, while Troy Brown Jr. had 10 rebounds.

The Lakers opened a double-digit lead for the first time at 71-61 with 8:28 remaining in the third quarter after a floating jumper from Dennis Schroder. Los Angeles carried a 93-84 lead into the fourth quarter after leading by as many as 14 in the third.

After the Lakers took a 101-84 lead with 9:59 remaining, the Pacers went on a 10-0 run to pull within 101-94 with 7:38 remaining. Indiana later went on a 13-3 run to pull within 110-109 with 2:11 remaining.

After Indiana tied it at 113-113 with 39.8 seconds remaining on a Haliburton layup, James made a shot inside for a 115-113 Lakers lead.

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Hield has gone 2 of 15 from 3-point range over the past two games as the Pacers improved to 1-1 at the start of a seven-game road trip through the Western Conference.

After missing six games because of injury this month, including five because of a groin strain, James went to the locker room six minutes into the game when he rolled his left ankle. He returned in the second quarter.

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