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  • Writer's pictureBruno Asoka

Andrew Nembhard buzzer beater 3 calls game for Pacers

On Monday, the Lakers lost 116-115 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Indiana Pacers rookie Andrew Nembhard after failing to hold onto a 17-point lead with less than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. First-year coach Darvin Ham accepted responsibility.

Ham said that he was to blame for Los Angeles' disorganization on offense late in the game, when the Lakers shot 8 for 22 (36.4%). "That is my fault. I'll be accountable for that."

In the fourth, LeBron James made 2-of-8 shots. He failed to stop Indiana's momentum and his teams' record of 403-1 when leading by 17 points or more in the fourth quarter.

Despite twisting his left ankle in the first quarter, James finished with 21 points on 8-for-22 shooting (3-for-10 from three), seven rebounds, and Ham said he was satisfied with the way the player performed.

Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers was commended by James for his "intelligent" play in guiding the Pacers to a comeback (24 points, 14 assists, 0 turnovers).

With 2.6 seconds remaining and the Pacers trailing by two, Haliburton grabbed an offensive rebound that shot out to the basket following a miss by Myles Turner. Haliburton swiftly spotted Nembhard unguarded on the opposite wing and sent him a pass for the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

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