LA was smiling again but it was tough in overtime after chasing the score throughout the game.
James, suspended the day before against the Knicks after his blow to the face of a player from Detroit, Isaiah Stewart on Sunday, showed his best level with 39 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Lakers star thought he could give his team the victory with a shot from behind the arc at the end of the 4th quarter, but Indiana rookie Chris Duarte (17 pts) equalized 5 seconds from the buzzer.
"King" James then made short work of the Pacers in overtime by returning three decisive shots including two 3 points, and allowed himself a few dance steps to celebrate.
In the absence of Anthony Davis, flu, Russell Westbrook added 20 points, veteran Carmelo Anthony 14. On the Indiana side, Malcolm Brogdon compiled 28 points and 7 rebounds.
The Lakers, defeated on the floor of the Knicks on Tuesday, remain stuck in 9th place in the West.
Golden State and Phoenix on their way
Leaders in the West, the Warriors added one more victory to their remarkable start to the season by winning at home (116-96) against the Sixers still diminished in the absence of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris .
Stephen Curry scored 25 points in the Philadelphia-dominated game in the first half, before Golden State woke up and took off in the final 12 minutes.
Steph Curry in Golden State's victory over Philadelphia on November 24 in San Francisco, USA Thearon W. Henderson GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
The Phoenix Suns, runners-up to the Warriors, at the same time went on to undefeated 14th game by going to beat the Cavaliers at home (120-115).
The Suns could tie the record for the franchise's longest winning streak (dating back to the 2006-07 season) if they win Friday against the Knicks.
Devin Booker was excellent with 35 points (15/24), to which Chris Paul added 17 points and 12 assists.
Still in the West, Rudy Gobert and the Jazz recovered after their loss to the Grizzlies on Monday, going to win in Oklahoma City (110-104).
The French pivot made a solid copy with a new double-double (15 pts, 17 rebounds).
Utah is 3rd.
In the East, the Nets have chained a 4th consecutive victory by easily beating the Celtics on their floor (123-104).
Kevin Durant (21 pts, 8 assists) took the opportunity to get a place among the top 25 scorers in NBA history.
He thus exceeds the former leader of the Sixers Allen Iverson.
Chicago lost in Houston (118-113) despite 28 points from Zach LaVine, and Charlotte won in Orlando (106-99) thanks to Terry Rozier (27 pts) and LaMelo Ball (22 pts).
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