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Game Recap: Lakers Two Game Win Streak Ends With Loss To Pelicans Reviewed by Momizat on . After an emotional road win over the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers must turn right around to host Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers ha After an emotional road win over the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers must turn right around to host Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers ha Rating: 0
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Game Recap: Lakers Two Game Win Streak Ends With Loss To Pelicans

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After an emotional road win over the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers must turn right around to host Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Lakers have been playing better as of late, winning their last two games and scoring 100 points in seven of their last eight games. A win tonight would give the Lakers only their second three-game win streak of the season.

First Quarter

Both teams started off slow from the field, but Gasol got the scoring going with a layup and a pair of free throws. The Pelicans matched with Eric Gordon scoring five of his own as the Pelicans went up 9-4 early. Gasol would score the first 13 points for the Lakers, but the defense struggled to keep the Pelicans out of the paint. The Lakers had no answer early for Gordon and Davis as they got any shot they wanted. Gasol got no help offensively as he scored 15 of the Lakers 23 points and the Lakers were down 12 at the end of the quarter.

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Second Quarter

The Lakers got off to a better start offensively in the second as Farmar hit a couple baskets to begin the quarter. The defense continued to be an issue as the Lakers were unable to keep the Pelicans out of the paint. Henry came in the game and gave the Lakers a spark, helping to cut the lead to single digits. Even though the offense came around this quarter, the defense continued to haunt the Lakers, keeping them from seriously cutting into the deficit. Meeks hit a three to end the quarter, but the Pelicans led 67-51 at halftime.

Third Quarter

Kent Bazemore got a good start to the second half with five quick points, but the defense did not improve, so the Pelicans lead remained the same early in the quarter. Davis continued his excellelnt play, but Farmar and Gasol worked some excellent two-man game and Bazemore kept up his strong quarter as the Lakers cut the lead to 12. Bazemore really got it going and the Lakers were able to get out in transition to finally cut the lead to single digits. An Austin Rivers three-point play put the lead at 10 at the end of the third.

Fourth Quarter

The Lakers cut the lead to four early with an 8-0 run thanks to their defense and ability to get out in transition. The Hornets quickly answered with four points of their own to quiet the crowd. The teams traded baskets fora couple of minutes as the Pelicans maintained a six point lead midway through the fourth. Brian Roberts had an absolutely excellent fourth quarter as the Pelicans pushed their lead back to 12. A quick five point spurt put the Lakers within striking distance but the defense continually failed the Lakers. Farmar and Gasol helped cut the lead to six with three minutes remaining and three-pointers from Farmar and Meeks cut the lead to four. A drawn charge by Bazemore the Lakers one last hope and Gasol drew a foul but missed a free throw. The Pelicans made theirs to put the game away and snap their eight game losing streak.

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  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    This young guns are plays tight during home games… it must the pressure to win…. they are not accustomed to it yet…

  • Jim213

    Close but can’t expect to win games when they don’t play DEFENSE for the entire 48 minutes. Lack of D, rebounds aside of missed FT’s was the main reasons they came up short. Which can be attributed to bad rotations. Should’ve played with another big during certain periods of the 2nd half.

    Hopefully the inept are closely monitoring these moves as there’s no doubt the coach seems to be playing favorites now 9small ball). Thus the results speak for themselves given that too many long distance jumpers are being taken with no one doing a good job % the 4 and 5 to contest for REBOUNDS.

    IMO, if FO doesn’t clean up house this off season with regards to bringing back those who lack an all around game (both ends of the court) it’s very probable that next season’s Lakers will look like this year’s Knicks team. Being the Knicks can’t win games which is in part due to their less than effortless defense.

  • roseducanna

    Stupid shoot 3pts at 2mins left of 4qt.You never win with almost shoot 3pts.

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