Lakers set record for worst free throw percentage, still beat Pacers

Lakers set record for worst free throw percentage, still beat Pacers

The Los Angeles Lakers made the wrong kind of history on Friday night.

It marked the first time this season the Pacers, the NBA's third-best shooting team, finished under 40 percent in consecutive games.

Odds were that the Lakers (16-29) would eventually win without Ball, having lost their first eight when he did not play.

Clarkson completed a four-point play, giving the Lakers a seven-point lead as they went on to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-86. As poorly as they had been playing, the Pacers only trailed 85-82 with four minutes to play. "We didn't have all our main guys and stuff. I had to step up and I know what I had to do tonight".

With starters Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope joining Ball on the sidelines for Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers, the Lakers looked like long shots to break that trend, especially considering Indiana entered the night as a playoff team with a winning record. But once Clarkson got hot, the Pacers never cooled him off. We are doing a pretty solid job defensively.

"They just didn't go in", Oladipo said. "I thought our paint was wide open most of the game and they attacked us".

Victor Oladipo led IN with 25 points, but most of his teammates struggled offensively.

The Pacers made just two of 25 three-pointers. Kyle Kuzma missed three foul shots, while Julius Randle, Tyler Ennis, Larry Nance Jr. and Brook Lopez all missed two. But with the Pacers clanking so many long-range shots off the rim, it led to fastbreak opportunities for the Lakers.

"I was just hooping today", Clarkson said.

Lakers: Maybe it's Staples Center. Darren Collison shot 1 of 9 and Lance Stephenson was 1 for 12. "Shoot, we got to get some work in, too, that free-throw line".

Shooter was likely not impressed by the Lakers free throw. shooting, am I right!? That will not happen very often.

"It's got to be the worst of all time from the free-throw line", Coach Luke Walton said. "That's when you have nights like that".

Lakers coach Luke Walton credited his team's defense for being able to recover from such awful free throw shooting, a notion supported by the Pacers' own shooting woes - they made just 2-of-25 three-point attempts.

The Pacers head coach talks about an ugly loss at Los Angeles.

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