The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers, 105-88, who lost another starter on Tuesday night at the Smoothie King Center.
The Lakers played without D’Angelo Russell, who was missing his fifth straight game with left knee soreness. Julius Randle finally returned and was assigned to guard Anthony Davis. The Pelicans delivered a 6-2 lead before Nick Young went down due to Achilles injury.
Jordan Clarkson replaced Young and helped the Lakers cut the lead. However, the Pelicans established an 8-0 run to take a 29-13 lead. Brandon Ingram shot a midrange jumper, ending the first quarter 33-22 in favor of the Pelicans. The Lakers continued to struggle in the second quarter. Davis remained unstoppable on both ends. He already notched a double-double, 20 points, and 10 rebounds, in the halftime as the Pelicans led 65-41.
Metta World Peace started for the Lakers in the third, trying to raise the team’s spirit. However, they were still unable to cut the lead. Timofey Mozgov stepped up for the Lakers and managed to bring the lead down to 19. This forced Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry to call a timeout.
Davis started to dominate once again and scored seven straight points. The Pelicans ended the third quarter with a 26-point lead, 89-63. The Lakers tried to bounce back in the final quarter and strengthened their defense. They went on a 13-4 run to cut the lead down to 17. However, Jrue Holiday answered with a three-pointer to bring the Lakers back to a 20-point deficit.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton rested his starters with six minutes left in the game. The Pelicans continued to dominate, not giving the opponent the chance to retaliate. Anthony Davis ended the game with 41 points and 16 rebounds as they beat the Lakers, 105-88.
The Lakers are set to face the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at the United Center while the Pelicans will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
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