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The Lakers lose 119-112, despite 22 point comeback - Lakers Pulse

The Lakers lose 119-112, despite 22 point comeback

The Lakers lose 119-112, despite 22 point comeback

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The Lakers come back from a 22-point deficit only to eventually lose 119-112 to the Pelicans. Great games from Jordan Clarkson (24pts/5ast), Caldwell-Pope (20pts 7/11FG), and Kyle Kuzma (20pts/6rebs) wasn’t enough to beat the Pelicans two-headed monster of Davis and Cousins, who combined for 49pts/28rebs/11ast. Lonzo Ball added 8pts/8rebs/13ast.

The Lakers started out ice cold shooting 31% from the field, to the Pelicans 65% and fell behind early, 34-22. LA quickly fell behind by 20 points a few minutes into the second quarter due to a bunch of points off  turnovers. Jordan Clarkson again shined off of the bench as one of the only Lakers to be able to get his own shot off, and helped keep them in somewhat of striking distance early in the second quarter. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returned from his 2-game suspension and lead an 11-0 run towards the end of the first half to bring the score to 68-55 – Pelicans up at the break. The Pelicans MONSTARS dominated the Lakers in the paint, with Anthony Davis 15pts/8rebs and Boogie Cousins 13pts/8rebs/5ast.

As soon as the second half began, the Pelicans pushed the lead quickly back to 20 points, with the Lakers having no answer for Anthony Davis. Foul trouble also didn’t help the Lakers much, with Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Jr. both picking up their fourth fouls early in the 3rd quarter. The Lakers again went on a late run to close the quarter, this time with Kyle Kuzma hitting a three in the final seconds to bring the Lakers within 11, 94-83. To start the 4th quarter, the Lakers rallied behind Jordan Clarkson to take the lead. The unlikely unit of Hart, Clarkson, Ingram, Kuzma and Randle sparked the comeback on the defensive end. Ball eventually replaced Ingram after Brandon picked up his 5th foul. After the game was tied at 110 with under three minutes to go, the Lakers went cold and eventually lost 119-112.

The Lakers will host the Wizards on Wednesday night at 7:30PM PT on ESPN. For more on the Lakers, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @LakersPulse.

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