What looked like the safest contest of the Los Angeles Lakers’ four-game road trip was anything but in a 105-88 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. It fell apart almost immediately for Los Angeles, as Nick Young skipped and hopped off the court after straining his right Achilles tendon in the opening minutes. The wind never even had a chance to hit the Lakers’ sails Tuesday night.
This one takes the crown of ugliest game of the year away from their loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers gave up 65 first-half points, digging themselves into a 24-point deficit going into halftime. The free-wheeling offense never got rolling, with the team incapable of making up for their leading perimeter threat in Young.
Los Angeles went just 5-of-30 from three-point range and shot 42.5 percent overall from the field as a team.
Anthony Davis dominated, scoring 41 points while pulling down 16 rebounds. Alvin Gentry elected to run him extended minutes late in the fourth quarter, despite the Pelicans having the game well in hand. Jrue Holiday added in 22 points, making up for his absence in their previous meeting. Julius Randle returned from his hip injury, notching a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers can’t hang their heads over Young’s injury for too long, immediately travelling to Chicago to face the Bulls Wednesday night.