It seemed like the LA Lakers are on the verge to face yet another upset after the restart of the 2020-21 season. But Kyle Kuzma’s 15-point surge led the charts for the home team to get them past Indiana Pacers 100-105. Kuzma scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, while LeBron James knocked 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Montrezl Harrell added 17 points as the LA Lakers won their 4th in 11 games. Los Angeles trailed by 12 points early in the fourth quarter before Kuzma led a ferocious rally to keep the Pacers winless against the Lakers at Staples Center since November 2015.
Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James ensure LA Lakers restart the season with a win; beats Indiana Pacers
Talking about the Indiana Pacers, Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 of his 29 points in the first half for the Pacers, who opened a three-game road trip with their 11th loss in 16 games. Domantas Sabonis added 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, but Indiana wilted down the stretch.
Brogdon lit up the Lakers for 18 points in the first quarter. Indiana had an 86-74 lead early in the fourth, but the Lakers made a 22-4 run and seized the lead on Kuzma’s back-to-back 3-pointers. The Pacers still had the ball at midcourt down 103-100 with 9.9 seconds left, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stole Brogdon’s inbounds pass and hit two free throws to ice it.
The defending champions, LA Lakers announced Anthony Davis will be out for at least two more weeks with the leg injuries that have kept him sidelined since Feb. 14. The eight-time All-Star selection has been cleared to enter the next phase of his rehabilitation after an examination by team doctors, but he won’t be re-evaluated until late March.