The Los Angeles Lakers received a lot of help from their bench players. Quinn Cook was brilliant, and he discussed his spectacular play during the postgame press conference with media members. Cook helped the team take the lead but it wasn’t enough. Dwight Howard was also brilliant, but the Indiana Pacers took advantage of a few mistakes and used LeBron’s absence to seal the win. It was a 116-111 win for Indiana, and the whole thing was solved in the final two minutes of the game. This is the third straight loss for the Lakers.
LeBron James finished the game with 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He sat out the game against Houston. It was the first game the Lakers played after clinching the top seed in the West. LeBron was ruled out for the Houston game, and the team finished it with a 113-97 loss.
TJ Warren was brilliant for the Pacers. He finished the game with 39 points. He hit a floater for a 109-108 lead and cemented it with a jumper and a 3-pointer for a six-point edge with just 10 seconds remaining.
The Pacers are 4-1 in Orlando and moved a half-game ahead of the 76ers for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Anthony Davis had eight points on 3-of-14 shooting. He scored inside to give the team the last lead before Warren did his magic. The Lakers dropped to 2-4 in the resumption.
Quinn Cook made a point in the postgame press conference
Warren finished the first quarter with 18 points, but he didn’t get a shot in the second quarter. The Lakers offense was aggressive. Holding the brilliant Warren without any scores after he scored 18 was brilliant. This only shows that the Lakers offense can go pretty wild when necessary.
Quinn discussed this and the mindset his teammates have for the next two games. Cook scored 21 points and went 5 for 9 from 3-point range. However, he did miss the one that would have pulled his team in the final minute of the game. It was a wild run for LA, and it ended up with a loss.