Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers
They were missing three injured starters and made two free throws all night. Hard to imagine the Los Angeles Lakers could find a more unlikely way to win.
Although the rookie point guard is not a big-time scorer, Ball leads the Lakers in assists and defensive rebounds. And until Friday, the Lakers had been winless without him. But against the Pacers, they had 26 assists and moved the ball well. Our guys were making the right play all night long, Walton said. That led to good shots and that led to assists. It’s that simple.
We pressed the whole game full court, and I thought it might take its toll, Pearl said. (Georgia) plays some guys heavy minutes. We just tried to wear them out.
And the Bulldogs were worn out, missing their first 14 shots of the second half and shooting 25 percent while being outscored 53-25.
Still, Pearl doesn’t want to have to depend on second-half heroics.
Bottom line is we got to start playing better early, he said, according to AL.com, because we’re not going to continue to be able to come back and win those games.
Assistant Joe Prunty will coach the team Monday night against the Phoenix Suns. He will serve as interim coach for the rest of the season, co-owner Wes Edens said in an interview before the game.
We appreciate everything that Jason has done for the Bucks organization, but we have decided to make a coaching change, Horst said in a statement. We believe that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our talented team towards the next level, bringing us closer to our goal of competing for championships.
Jason led a historic turnaround during his first season and would guide our team to two playoff appearances. He also played a meaningful role in helping to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee. We thank him for all of his contributions and wish him the best.