While they have their playoff spot locked up, the last three weeks of the 2017-18 NBA season are still very important for the Indiana Pacers. They are currently in a tough battle with the Cavaliers, Wizards and 76ers for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers improved their chances of hosting a playoff series in Indianapolis when they earned an impressive comeback victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, March 19.
The Los Angeles offense was red-hot after the opening tip-off. They seemingly scored every time they went down the court in the first quarter. Since the Pacers had no luck on defense, they were down eight points after the first quarter. Indiana finally found a way to slow down the Lakers in the second quarter. The improved defense helped them close the deficit to two points before halftime.
Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner completely took over the game in the third quarter. The top two stars for the Pacers were not going to let their team lose on Monday. They led the Pacers to 35 points in the third quarter to gain a 12-point lead. This big lead allowed Indiana to rest a lot of their starters in the fourth quarter. While the offense really struggled late in the game, the Pacers were still able to get a 110-100 win over the Lakers.
They may not have played their best basketball, but every win counts right now for the Pacers. Indiana will play the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, March 21.