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Lakers vs. Pelicans Final Score: Late surge not enough for Lakers in 119-112 loss

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The Lakers remain winless in Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles Lakers made an astonishing comeback in the fourth quarter but couldn’t capitalize on it in a 119-112 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 49 points and 18 rebounds, and ultimately stood too tall for a Lakers team that scrapped back into the game.

The Lakers, down by as many as 22 points, took their first lead of the game in the midst of a furious run in the fourth quarter. Jordan Clarkson was the hot hand off the bench once again, scoring a team-high 24 points. Kyle Kuzma chipped in 20 from the pine, and the Lakers’ reserves were key in turning around a stagnant performance from the starters on offense.

Lonzo Ball had the type of game that fans may want to start expecting from him early in his career. Ball showed great control and decision making out of the pick-and-roll once again, this time racking up 13 assists with ease. He also grabbed eight rebounds, turned the ball over five times, missed all five of his three-pointers, and finished the night with eight points on 3-of-13 shooting.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a solid start to his Lakers career, leading the front five with 20 points along with a handful of solid defensive sequences. The scoring outburst was surprising but welcome, especially in a game where no other starter reached double-digits.

This was a weird game. On one hand it was great to see the bench group in the fourth quarter make an amazing push that made a blase game far more palatable. On the other, the Lakers dug themselves into a 20-point hole by the second quarter, and let a golden opportunity to steal one they didn’t have much business in away.

The Lakers get to reflect on the first few games of their season before hosting the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.