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Pelicans get first win over Lakers since Anthony Davis trade

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Without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol, the Lakers had no shot against the Pelicans.

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The search for a win without LeBron James and Anthony Davis will carry into Thursday for the Los Angeles Lakers, as they fell to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Tuesday, 128-111. The Lakers have lost their last three games.

The Lakers started the game with good energy, which had a lot to do with the play of first-time starter Devontae Cacok, but then the Pelicans broke the game open and, as a result, broke the Lakers. It was bad. There was nothing good to take away from that game.

Like, the jerseys looked cool but they always look cool, and Montrezl Harrell was good, but there have been very few nights where he hasn’t been this season.

Thursday marked the Pelicans’ first win over the Lakers since the Anthony Davis trade in 2019, so congratulations to them, I guess.

The Lakers will try and end their losing streak on Thursday, when they host the Philadelphia 76ers, but that may prove to be too tall a task when consider you consider the fact the Lakers lost to the 76ers even when James and Davis were healthy. Granted, Embiid isn’t expected to be available for Philadelphia on Thursday, but they’ll still have a more complete team barring a trade involving more than one of their key players.

We’ll see how that one goes after what might be a weird — and important — trade deadline that afternoon.

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