The Los Angeles Lakers were blown out wire-to-wire by the New Orleans Pelicans in a 139-117 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The game started off as poorly as possible, with the Lakers giving up 46 points in the first quarter, a new franchise record for the Pelicans. The 79 points New Orleans scored by halftime were the most LA has given up all season.
It didn’t help that Isaiah Thomas was ejected in the second quarter, and Luke Walton also got thrown out not long after. There was absolutely some questionable refereeing going on — when isn’t there? — and the wheels started falling off early for the Lakers.
Kyle Kuzma did a good job keeping the Lakers on the board, scoring a team-high 23 points off the bench with five rebounds. He did most of his cooking in the first half, though, and his scoring impact felt minimal by the end of the night considering how poorly the Lakers’ defense performed.
The Lakers tried to make a game of it, cutting the Pelicans’ lead down to two points in the third quarter, but New Orleans responded with a 13-2 run that did more than enough damage to seal the deal.
Anthony Davis was dominant all night, dropping 42 points (15-18) on the Lakers. He also had 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. A superstar playing like a superstar is certainly a sight to see, and Davis put on a Mardi Gras show. Jrue Holiday had a solid double-double with 29 points and 10 assists.
The All-Star break is one game away for the Lakers, who must travel to Minnesota before getting a chance to regroup in what appears to be a serious post-deadline slump.