The Los Angeles Lakers were flat all night against the New Orleans Pelicans in a 104-87 loss. New Orleans had no problem controlling the game nearly wire-to-wire, riding Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis to an easy win. The Pelicans didn't look like the team on a second-half of a back-to-back, but they bounced back after getting drubbed by the Clippers on Saturday.
Davis led all scorers with 23 points on an efficient 11-of-15 shooting performance, but never seemed to shift into the "extra" gear he's capable of. Holiday carved up the Lakers for 22 points and eight assists.
Kobe Bryant had a quiet night, going just 6-of-18 from the field for 14 points. He dished out four assists but also had three turnovers. Ed Davis scored 11 points while missing just one shot attempt, and also pulled down seven rebounds as part of the "new" Lakers' starting lineup.
Nick Young struggled from the floor, making an equivalent amount of shots (3) to pairs of shoes he wore. Yes, Swaggy P changed his shoes throughout the night in hopes to refresh his game, but still ended the game shooting a mere 3-of-13.
The new lineup changes to the Lakers made little-to-no difference, and Jeremy Lin struggled off the bench. There was nothing remarkable about this game, just 48 minutes featuring two teams running the motions. One of them, the Pelicans, had no problem cruising to a victory. The other, the Lakers, looked as discombobulated as ever. On to the next one.