Monday night was tough for the Los Angeles Lakers – and wonderful for the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers traveled to southern California to face the Lakers, who had won five of their last six games before Monday’s match.
The Lakers were looking to prove that they were finally getting things together and performing like a legitimate NBA team.
And the Pacers were hoping to keep impressing after the good start to the season they’ve had.
After a Lakers lead, the game ended up being very close and fun to watch.
And the final few seconds were astonishing.
High-risk pass by Tyrese Haliburton to Andrew Nembhard with so little time left. Released the jumper with 0.4 seconds but had the time because Haliburton put major velocity on the pass and it was ON THE MONEY. pic.twitter.com/tlEjCPKG4Q
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) November 29, 2022
With the Lakers up 115-113, Tyrese Haliburton took things into his own hands, literally.
Swarmed by the Lakers’ defense, Haliburton found Andrew Nembhard on the other side of the perimeter.
He passed him the ball with just a second left.
LeBron James attempted to block Nembhard but it was no good and the young Pacers’ three-point went up, up, up, and in.
That was it: the game was over and Lakers fans were left stunned and in disbelief.
Meanwhile, Pacers fans were ecstatic.
LA Giving It Away
The Lakers are surely hanging their heads low today.
James is surely upset with his performance on Monday, especially his lacking defense in the final seconds that allowed Indiana’s three-pointer.
But credit must be given to the Pacers, who stuck it out, never gave up, and fought hard for all 48 minutes.
Haliburton, who has been having a stellar season, was particularly impressive with 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 14 assists.
It was a night full of great moments for him but that final assist to Nembhard was obviously the most important.
No matter who you were rooting for, it’s undeniable that the Lakers and Pacers put on quite a show.