Lakers beat Pacers despite worst free throw percentage in a game
The Lakers, with three starters out because of injuries Friday, had the worst free throw shooting percentage in a game in NBA history — and still won.
With Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out, the Lakers shot an abysmal 2-for-14 from the foul line in a 99-86 win over the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center.
The Pacers shot 2-for-25 (8 percent) from 3-point range in the loss. That is the worst percentage in franchise history and worst by any Lakers opponent in team history with a minimum of 20 attempts.
Maybe they got to get some work in too, Clarkson said when told of the Pacers’ 3-point shooting. Shoot, we got to get some work in too.
The Lakers (16-29) are last in the league in free throw shooting, converting just 68.8 percent from the line.
Coach Luke Walton said the fact that the Lakers won by 13 despite the woeful shooting from the stripe was a testament to the stellar defense the team played.
Our defense was awesome tonight, Walton said. … It shows just how hard our guys played on that end to overcome what’s — I got to look — it’s got to be the worst of all time from the free throw line. It was all defense for us tonight.
The foul came after Charlotte’s Kemba Walker missed on a drive to the basket. Olynyk grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the floor, and Howard appeared to hook Olynyk’s right arm on the way to the basket just as Olynyk started to lose control of the ball. Olynyk fell to the ground as the whistle blew, enraging the home crowd.
The crowd stood shouting and booing as officials left the floor.
Clifford was more upset by the fourth-quarter collapse. He called out his team for a total lack of concentration, intensity and technique in his opening statement following the game.