The Rundown: Pacers’ Nembhard delivers game-winner vs. Lakers

Published November 29, 2022, 2:00 PMPolo Bustamante

Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to allow the Pacers to complete a come-from-behind win against the Lakers.


76ers 104, Hawks 101

Wizards 142, Timberwolves 127

Celtics 140, Hornets 105

Nets 109, Magic 102

Raptors 100, Cavaliers 88

Pelicans 105, Thunder 101

Nuggets 129, Rockets 113

Bulls 114, Jazz 107

Suns 122, Kings 117

Pacers 116, Lakers 115

What went down

The LA Lakers and Indiana Pacers are intertwined this season in so many ways. 

There’s the trade scenarios everyone is cooking up between the two teams. Then there’s also fans reading into things Myles Turner said or Rob Pelinka’s flight details. Finally, there’s Pacers rookie, Benedict Mathurin’s soundbite before the draft about LeBron James.

The first meeting between the two teams this season did not disappoint.

The Lakers built a 17-point fourth quarter lead and looked like they were well on their way to another big win. They fooled around the fourth quarter, allowing the Pacers to get back in the game.

Up by two with less than 10 seconds left on the clock, the Lakers got the stop, but they couldn’t secure the long rebound. Tyrese Haliburton collared the loose ball, dribbled into the elbow and dished a cross court pass to Andrew Nembhard who was wide open on the left wing. Nembhard let it fly and…


After this win, the buzz surrounding these two teams will only get louder, especially with Westbrook playing well despite the loss (23 points) and Buddy Hield and Turner (15 points each) outplaying all the other Laker role players. 

This win also means James hasn’t proven that he’s better than Mathurin.

Big-time ballers

There were so many big-time ballers in today’s slate of games.

First up is Kristaps Porzingis. The sweet-shooting big man took advantage of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ drop defense on him, torching them from beyond the arc. He opened the game hitting four straight 3s to set the tone for his team.

Porzingis finished with a career-high 41 points in the blowout win.

Devin Booker showed that a Sun is brighter than a beam today. He erupted for 44 points to lead Phoenix to a big win over the upset-seeking Sacramento Kings. Here’s a clip to show just how unstoppable he was in today’s game.


That’s him shrugging off the defense of a guy nicknamed “Off Night.”

The day’s top scorer though is no surprise. In fact he’s not even surprised at what he did today.

What he said

“When I wake up.”

That’s what Kevin Durant answered when he was asked about his 45-point explosion in today’s win.

When you’re a seven-foot scoring machine like Durant, being that confident is as easy as getting 40. He’s an inspiration to young scorers looking to be as successful as him one day.

Did you see that?

While getting buckets definitely helps, there’s more than one way to help your team get a win. Here’s Herb Jones with three clutch plays, two of which don’t even show up in the box score.

Jones still filled up the stat sheet though. He had 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, four steals, three blocks, and one 3-pointer.