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Hugely popular Brisbane Hamptons-style home sold for circa $4m

first_imgOne of two wine cellars in the home. Picture: NGU Real Estate.It was the most viewed Queensland property on realestate.com.au the week it hit the market in June, and the second most popular nationally. “The first open home we had 300 people through,” Mr Juresic said. “We had a lot of people that just wanted to see what all the fuss was … Pictures don’t do it justice.”He said the key to the house’s success was that despite being a large 650sq m on an 840sq m block, “it feels like home”. The backyard has a large lap pool with pool house, sauna and bathroom. Picture: NGU Real Estate.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago One of three living rooms to chill out in. Picture: NGU Real Estate. Not a bad spot at all to watch the next episode of Star Trek Discovery.“Because it’s a Hamptons style home, the feel is very different, it’s very warm. A lot of modern homes have no love in them, a lot have polished concrete but it’s cold. Even though this is a big home, it is a warm home.”The property was created after demolishing four old units that were on site.“What was important was that whatever was built complemented this area of East Brisbane,” Mr Juresic said. “Most homes in the street are Queenslanders and older style homes. To us, Hamptons style is a Queenslander with a lot of stone in it. There’s really not much difference, except Hamptons use a lot of stone. For us design-wise it complements the street.” 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, was hugely popular online and during open homes. Picture: NGU Real Estate.A HAMPTONS-inspired Brisbane new build that became one of the state’s most viewed homes has sold, according to developer Emil Juresic of NGU Development Corp.Mr Juresic, who also marketed the property via his NGU Real Estate firm, told The Courier-Mail the five bedroom home sold “in the $4m’s”.The house at 7 Ashfield Street, East Brisbane has a whopping seven bathrooms, two wine cellars, three living rooms, 3.8m ceiling height, an integrated cinema and about $150,000 worth of technology to automate processes like lighting, security, cameras and speakers via smartphones and iPads.last_img read more

Ten teams confirmed for Elite League 2016-17

first_imgBy Ras WadadaTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) last Friday evening confirmed that two teams will be added to the revised Elite League, the country’s top tier club football competition.The decision to include Upper Demerara’s Top XX and Victoria Kings of East Coast,in the 2nd staging of the Elite League was agreed upon at a lengthy and intense meeting, among the GFF, the original 8 Elite teams and the two newcomers, held at the Federation’s Boardroom.The key fundamental change to this year’s competition is that the Champion will be decided from the two rounds of games and not from a play-off final, as was the case in last season’s inaugural Tournament.The team accumulating the most points at the end of the tournament will be declared the winner. Each team will play a quota of nine games in each of the two rounds of competition where 3 points will be awarded for a win and one for a draw.The increase to ten teams will give fans some additional games for the upcoming season and more importantly, return top flight football to a much starved Linden Community.There is the general belief among stakeholders of the ‘Beautiful Game’ that the move by the GFF to revise the league is a positive one for the development of the sport, in particular the deserved inclusion of a team from the Bauxite Mining Town,where there is a great passion for football and where talent is abundant.One thing for sure is that the financial burden of running the competition will be reduced for the GFF,with increased funding from FIFA and a possible G$20M contribution from Government, as well as Corporate Guyana’s input;the upcoming season promises lots of excitment.However,there is no word forthcoming from the GFF with regards to sponsorship for the League in the new season, or outstanding payments to players from last season.According to a reliable source, a number of issues and proposals were discussed in depth at last Friday night’s meeting, but no date was set for the kick-off of the new season.It is believed that the GFF will study the proposals made by the Elite clubs and work feverishly to pay outstanding cash owed to clubs from the last season,before a date is set for the kick-off of the new season.last_img read more

Former Trojan standout finds niche in coaching

first_imgDeMar DeRozan, Marcus Johnson and O.J. Mayo have electrified the Galen Center in recent years with thunderous slam dunks.But before the Galen Center even opened, USC had arguably one of the highest-flying collegiate backcourts, featuring the highlight-producing duo of Harold Miner, a two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner, and Robert Pack, the runner-up in the 1994 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest.Player turned coach · Robert Pack now uses his knowledge and experience from his NBA playing days to teach and mentor young guards. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information “We were a very athletic backcourt,” Pack said.Pack left USC in 1991 ranking fourth on the Trojans’ all-time assist list after just two seasons, and went on to have a 13-year run in the NBA for six different teams.Toward the end of his career, however, Pack suffered several injuries, and realized he needed to prepare for a career after his playing days ended.“I began to think that I would really enjoy coaching,” Pack said.Playing behind All-Star point guards Chauncey Billups, Baron Davis and Jason Kidd, Pack diligently observed and advised his teammates, and absorbed as much knowledge as possible from his coaches.“I was competing with those guys for playing time, but I still took the time to teach those guys the things that I knew,” Pack said.The New Orleans Hornets recognized his coaching potential, and hired Pack as an assistant last season, allowing him to briefly work in the state where he was born and raised, after a year as an assistant coach for the NBA Developmental League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers.This season, Pack is an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers.In addition to the typical scouting and game plan preparation duties, Pack is responsible for mentoring the Clippers’ young point guards. The Clippers have an experienced veteran starter in Mo Williams, along with two rookies backing him up in Eric Bledsoe and Willie Warren.“The young guards that are just coming in do not know the league yet, so I do a lot of film work and different things with those guys,” Pack said.In his summer league debut with the Clippers, Bledsoe showed his potential by scoring 17 points, but also displayed his inexperience, committing 10 turnovers.Since that point, Bledsoe and Pack have become nearly inseparable, breaking down film together, perfecting Bledsoe’s jump shot and discussing the mental aspects of the game.“[Pack] has helped me out with everything, teaching me things I will use the rest of my career,” Bledsoe said.The improvement in Bledsoe’s game has been tangible. He has been a reliable presence off the bench and started when necessary.“Eric Bledsoe, compared to where he was over the summer to now, is a completely different player,” said Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. “Robert has spent a lot of time with him, and it shows.”Coming out of USC, Pack was undrafted.One of his biggest challenges as an assistant coach has been to keep players like Bledsoe, who received a guaranteed contract after being chosen in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky, motivated.“Not being drafted was something I used every day of career in the NBA,” Pack said. “I was always a driven person that worked very hard, but that was something added to keep me going.”At times, it has been difficult for Pack to sit on the bench in a dress suit, watching the young point guards make what seem like obvious mistakes.Nevertheless, Pack, 42, remains content, despite no longer playing, and has gained a greater appreciation for the effort coaches consistently put into their jobs.“I realize that coaches work a lot harder than the players,” Pack said. “I am often up until two or three in the morning watching film. A lot of hours go into it.”Despite the long hours, Pack aspires to be a head coach one day.“I do not affect the game from a physical standpoint anymore. Instead, I am preparing and teaching,” Pack said. “It gives me great satisfaction to see these young guys have success, and get better and better everyday.”last_img read more

LeBron James scores 38 as Lakers avoid collapse against Pacers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“That’s the challenge of things I’ve been kind of battling with since the season started: How much do I defer and allow some of our young guys to kind of try to figure it out and how much do I try to take over games?” he said. “I think tonight was one of those instances where they looked at me and they wanted me to close the game.”From the point the Lakers led 89-88 with less than 4:40 left, James scored 12 of the Lakers’ final 15 points and assisted on the others (a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 3-pointer). It was a needed win after back-to-back losses and started a four-game homestand on a positive note.But it did little to build the confidence of a team that finds itself squarely in the tightly packed middle of the Western Conference standings. There were still some lingering issues, including 18 Lakers turnovers and allowing Indiana to shoot more than 43 percent from 3-point range. The Lakers have also seen other games busted by letdowns in the middle quarters, an area where they’re still figuring out how to stave off stagnancy.“What we have to understand is teams are gonna make runs,” James said. “That’s what the NBA is all about. Teams are going to make runs. We can’t stop being aggressive offensively and defensively. We start to let our energy get low and we start to turn the ball over.”Thursday night began more auspiciously: A rare sense of purpose and keen focus characterized the opening minutes for the Lakers, as they began on a 13-0 run. Four of their first six baskets came at the rim, as Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma paced the early attack. PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, and Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison shake hands after an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball #2 looks to pass as the Pacers’ Myles Turner #33 moves during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 dunks the ball during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 lays the ball up as the Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic #44 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 looks to shoot as the Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis #11, Myles Turner #33 and Tyreke Evans #12 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 shoots as the Pacers’ Myles Turner #33 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma #0 dunks the ball as the Pacers’ Tyreke Evans #12 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma #0 dunks the ball as the Pacers’ Tyreke Evans #12 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 passes the ball as Pacers’ Myles Turner #33 and Bojan Bogdanovic #44 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 lays the ball up as the Pacers’ Aaron Holiday #3 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Josh Hart #3 steals the ball away from the Pacers’ Doug McDermott #20 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 shoots as Pacers’ Myles Turner #33 and Domantas Sabonis #11 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers’ coach Luke Walton shouts instructions as JaVale McGee #7 and Tyson Chandler #5 high five during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma #0 chases a loose ball as the Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic #44 move in during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James shoots as the Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic, left, and Myles Turner defend during Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 shoots as Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic #44 and Myles Turner #33 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 moves the ball up court as the Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic #44 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson, center, has his shot blocked by Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott, right, as forward Domantas Sabonis helps defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 shoots as the Pacers’ Myles Turner #33 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 shoots as the Pacers’ Myles Turner #33 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic, left, of Croatia, and center Myles Turner defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler, right, blocks his shot while forward Brandon Ingram watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison, left, takes a loose ball away from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram dunks as Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, dribbles past Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, top, goes up for a dunk as Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, talks with head coach Luke Walton during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 reacts after hitting a 3-point shot during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis #11 shoots as the Lakers’ Michael Beasley #11 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis #11 shoots as the Lakers’ Michael Beasley #11 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 blocks the shot of the Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis #11 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma #0 shoots as the Pacers’ Thaddeus Young #21 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Tyson Chandler #5 fouls Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis #11 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers coach Luke Walton during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 dunks the ball during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma #0 shoots during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 lays the ball up as Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic #44 and Myles Turner #33 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 shoots during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers JaVale McGee #7, LeBron James #23 and Lonzo Ball #2 during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ LeBron James #23 reacts after hitting a 3-point shot late in the game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. The lakers beat the Pacers 104-96. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner, left, and guard Cory Joseph defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Michael Beasley defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) reacts after being charged with a foul as Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler stands in the background during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan, right, talks with referee David Jones during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis, right, of Lithuania, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, but is called for charging during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles during the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Tyreke Evans #12 of the Indiana Pacers is fouled on his dribble by Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during te first half at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Domantas Sabonis #11 of the Indiana Pacers scores over JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a Laker fast break score during the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks with Luke Walton during the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Tyreke Evans #12 of the Indiana Pacers has his shot blocked by Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers with Brandon Ingram #14 during the first half at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers has the ball stolen by Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers comes around a screen during the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles around Domantas Sabonis #11 and Cory Joseph #6 of the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three pointer with Kyle Kuzma #0 during a 104-96 win over the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores as he is fouled by Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers in front of Bojan Bogdanovic #44 during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives on Cory Joseph #6 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup between Domantas Sabonis #11 and Cory Joseph #6 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23, Kyle Kuzma #0 and Kyle Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk during a 104-96 win over the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers keeps his dribble in front of Thaddeus Young #21 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers fakes a shot in front of Aaron Holiday #3 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his basket and foul from Domantas Sabonis #11 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts to save a ball out of bounds in front of Domantas Sabonis #11 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts for a foul in front of Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers commits a flagrant foul on Domantas Sabonis #11 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Thaddeus Young #21 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a lead over the Indiana Pacers with Josh Hart #3 and LeBron James #23 during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three pointer during a 104-96 win over the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, and Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison shake hands after an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball #2 looks to pass as the Pacers’ Myles Turner #33 moves during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 84The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball #2 looks to pass as the Pacers’ Myles Turner #33 moves during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — At the beginning, a tour de force. At the end, a strong finale from LeBron James.But the middle portions of the Lakers’ 104-94 victory over the Pacers on Thursday night – that’s what will keep fans restless.A cursory glance at the boxscore won’t reveal how much the Lakers (12-9) struggled in their half-court offense, how they couldn’t find much to stem a strong night from Domantas Sabonis (20 points, 15 rebounds), how they bumbled away their biggest first-quarter lead of the season and looked vulnerable against a Pacers team that was playing without All-Star Victor Oladipo.James’ 38 points swept much of the uglier parts under the rug. He stormed into the paint at the finish and even took a charge as part of his effort to bring his team back from its lapses in the second and third quarters. But it took his sublime finish for the Lakers to come out on top – underscoring a dilemma for James and the team since the season started. Above all, they protected the rim: The Lakers piled up seven rejections before seven minutes had ticked off the clock. An early pair of blocked shots by JaVale McGee and a phenomenal effort by Lonzo Ball to chase down Darren Collison on a fastbreak layup attempt sent a charge through the arena.“Communication. Effort. Following game plan. Everything,” Coach Luke Walton said of the start. “It was as good as we can play defensively, really.”James, who finished with nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals, seemed to be the guiding force on offense early, scoring 14 points and notching four assists as the Lakers amassed a 38-15 lead, the franchise’s biggest first-quarter lead in 14 years. James played the entire first quarter, every basket feeling like a collective flex of the Lakers’ true might.And then it started crumbling.It was a gradual erosion, but steady, as the Lakers missed 16 shots in the second quarter and turned it over six times. Sabonis also came alive for Indiana, scoring 14 of his points in the second quarter.With three-and-a-half minutes left, the Lakers still led by 16 points, but they didn’t score for the remainder of the half as the Pacers closed on a 10-0 run.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “When the ball gets stagnant on offense and people start making individual plays instead of the team play, then the energy drops on defense,” Walton said. “Then you don’t rotate for the guy that just didn’t pass you the ball. It’s human nature, whether you mean to or not.”In the third quarter, the unthinkable happened as the once-24-point lead collapsed to nothing. The Pacers even led, 69-66, after a Tyreke Evans 3-pointer at the 4:45 mark. The Lakers quickly responded with a 14-4 run to end the quarter, but they struggled to keep ahead after that until James’ clinching run.Walton didn’t want to gloss over other happy developments for the Lakers. Ball was able to start after spraining his ankle in Denver, and while he had only two points in the game, he contributed eight rebounds and two blocked shots. The team also got a boost from Josh Hart (13 points), who looked more fluid and energized than he has since injuring his own ankle last week in Cleveland.The net sum is positive for the Lakers, who continue their homestand Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks. But as they well know, there’s plenty of room for improvement.Fortunately for the Lakers, James’ presence leaves some room for error.“There’s times in the game where you’re LeBron James … you’re going to take over,” Walton said. “And he knows when those times are. 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