The Los Angeles Lakers physically showed up for a game of basketball against the New Orleans Pelicans but were hardly noticeable on the court in a 110-102 loss. The final score makes this one look far better for the Lakers than it was, who struggled against a starting five that was hardly recognizable aside from Omer Asik's giant frame.
D'Angelo Russell did enjoy a nice game in the scoring column, adding 32 points to his rookie season as it winds down. He marched to the free-throw line 13 times, connecting on 11. Russell also drained three of his six three-point attempts, rounding out a solid night of putting the ball through the hoop.
Alexis Ajinca didn't have much trouble doing just that for New Orleans, going 12-of-17 for a team-high 28 points. Ajinca pulled in 15 rebounds for good measure on what was a great night for him. Luke Babbitt made all three of his attempts from deep and added 15 points off the bench.
Jordan Clarkson went five-of-eight from downtown, and both teams shot 45 percent from beyond the arc. The Lakers were down by as many as 25 points, but Clarkson's hot shooting in the fourth quarter cut down the massive deficit. As for Kobe Bryant, it was a tough night as he went 4-of-15 from the field.
The Lakers take the Farewell TourTM on the road to Houston to face the Rockets for an early game on Sunday.