Game Recap: Lakers Fight, But Lose In New Orleans Reviewed by Momizat on . After an emotional victory against the Houston Rockets last night that ended with a Steve Blake game-winning shot over Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers fac After an emotional victory against the Houston Rockets last night that ended with a Steve Blake game-winning shot over Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers fac Rating:
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Game Recap: Lakers Fight, But Lose In New Orleans

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After an emotional victory against the Houston Rockets last night that ended with a Steve Blake game-winning shot over Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers face the upstart New Orleans Pelicans. With this being the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers are without Steve Nash and will need to generate enough energy to finish the three-game road trip on a high note. Head coach Mike D’Antoni has decided to go with the same big line-up that features Chris Kaman and Nick Young as the Lakers look to win their 12th consecutive game in New Orleans.

First Quarter

After a day of rest, the Pelicans attempted to run the Lakers’ veteran frontcourt out of New Orleans Arena. Anthony Davis quickly made his presence felt with a block on Chris Kaman and was able to convert on numerous fast break opportunities. However, the Lakers were able to slow down the pace and punished the Pelicans in the paint. Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman combined for 14 points, but the Lakers trail 28-27 after the first.

Second Quarter

With the Lakers missing shots to start the quarter, the Pelicans were able to push their first quarter lead to seven. After a timeout, the Lakers second-unit tightened up their defense and were able to generate their own fast break opportunities to help tie the game at 38 apiece midway through the quarter. However, Davis would return and kickstart another mini-run that the Lakers were able to withstand. Despite good energy, the Lakers were sloppy with the basketball to end the quarter and the Pelicans were able to extend the lead by to seven. Los Angeles now trails New Orleans 55-48 after the first half.

Third Quarter

Coming out of the locker room, both teams attempted to quicken the pace of the game. With the Lakers able to get multiple stops on the defensive end, ball movement was key as they were able to get easy baskets around the rim. Led by Nick Young’s seven points, the Lakers were able to erase the halftime deficit. Over the last six minutes of the quarter, both teams have slowed down considerably and are struggling from the field. The Lakers are fighting on both ends of the court, but trail 69-66 heading into the fourth.

Fourth Quarter

A quick three-pointer by Anthony Morrow pushed the Pelicans’  lead to six points, but the second unit’s defense has been effective — limiting the Pelicans to one shot. While Jordan Hill already has 13 rebounds midway through the quarter, Davis has provided another boost of energy for the Pelicans after a brief rest. New Orleans’ lead has hovered around seven points the entire game, but were able to push their lead to 11 points with less than two minutes to play. While the Lakers fought the entire game, there was poor execution down the stretch and Davis finished with a career-high of 32 points to go along with 12 rebounds and 6 blocks. The Lakers finished the road trip with a 1-2 record.

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  • Lakers Fan.

    The only thing I brought away from this game was the fact that Gasol may actually be done. I have backed Gasol for as long as I can remember, but his play has been unacceptable. This is the time when this team needs his scoring and leadership the most, but he has failed us in every aspect. Kaman and Hill have become the best big men on our team. At least they attempt to block or contest a shot. Pau just stands there. Keep in mind he is making 19mil right now! I have mad respect for Pau, but we need to move him for something right now. It’s time to forget the past and focus on the present and the future, and realize that Pau may actually be done.

    • jhan

      I definitely agree..I have always respected Pau and forever grateful he was traded into LA and helped win us back to back championships..BUT, he looks like he is done in LA.. NBA is a business and his business is done..IF we can get some value for Pau, we should do it..Only makes sense..With Kobe out, and Pau also making 19M, he needs to step up to the leader he SHOULD be..His lackluster performance has been killing the Lakers..His yells are stronger than his post play..He cries to the ref for a foul almost EVERY time and doesn’t hustle back on Defense..Just so disappointing to see him not step up when the Lakers need him most..

    • Daryl Peek

      My new nick name for Pau, until proven wrong is the Big Stationary. He never moves. smh

  • Badeng

    Lakers seem to lose steam usually at the 3rd quarter and early 4th. If they climb back, they win, but you could tell they’re gonna lose when fatigue seems to set in. I have a suggestion. Maybe they should add like a iron man marathon before their actual practice. Have them come in all tired and spent. Might be a good simulation for a difficult game

  • LakeShow

    Who would you pick for Lakers?

    - Wiggins
    - Jabari
    - Smart
    - Exum
    - Randle

    • kobe24

      Jabari or Randle

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Anyone of those players have a chance to be superstars.I personally would pick Andrew Wiggins.But Jabari Parker is all man and he is #1 in any draft other than 2014 NBA Draft he should come out in 2015 and be assured he is the #1 pick.Andrew Wiggins is going #1 no doubt.Jim Buss would $hit his pants if he got the #1 pick LOL hahahaha LMFAO.Gotta love this draft it is top heavy like no other draft maybe ever.

  • Jim213

    Posted before game and as I thougth the team needed to hustle, make shots, and rebound. They did two of these things to some extent but got out hustled in the 4th quarter. IMO, I’m about 65% certain that Gasol will be up for serious trade rumors and likely get traded out. Like many appreciate his past effort during the past but he’s failed to meet the challenge of assuming a leadership role since Kobe’s absence which includes the past few years.

    It’s probably that all this stress about free agency has gotten him that he seems to be trying to hard rather than play within the system. Given the Lakers history there’s expectations that most involve contending for titles. It may be best to trade Gasol to a team that doesn’t demand too much from it’s players like the Lakers brand. Given his salary and possible negotiations Gasol isn’t a max contract player and so far hasn’t proven his value on a consistent basis.

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