The Los Angeles Lakers gave up a possible sixth win from the past seven games at the last second.
In the 115:116 against the Indiana Pacers, the NBA record champion with national basketball player Dennis Schröder gambled away a 17-point lead in the last quarter. Andrew Nembhard's shot to the win with the clock running out was the only Pacers lead of the second half. Coach Rick Carlisle's team now has 12 wins and is fourth in the Eastern Conference.
"We didn't get any more rebounds on defense and we didn't move the ball on offense. We played far too slowly," Schröder told the German Press Agency about the slump in the final minutes. "It's one of the worst defeats of my career. (...) You can't give that up in any league, it's unacceptable. We screwed that up."
Schröder started again and recorded eight points, four assists and three rebounds. The best pitcher of the game was Anthony Davis with 25 points. LeBron James had 21 points, while Tyrese Haliburton was the most successful with the Pacers with 24 points.
Next bankruptcy for the Wagner brothers
Moritz and Franz Wagner suffered their fifth defeat in a row with the Orlando Magic. In the 102:109 against the Brooklyn Nets around superstar Kevin Durant, Franz Wagner scored 21 points, breaking the 20-point mark for the twelfth time this season.
At the top of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics clinched their 17th win of the season by beating the Charlotte Hornets 140-105. Jayson Tatum recorded 35 points for the Celtics. The top teams in the West also claimed victories. League leader Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 122-117, and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Houston Rockets 129-113.