The Los Angeles Lakers must continue to tremble the participation in the play-in-tournament. In the direct competitor New Orleans Pelicans, it continued after FurioSem start with a superior Lebron James a 108: 116 defeat.
- New Orleans Pelicans (32-43) – Los Angeles Lakers (31-43) 116: 108 (Boxscore)
- Lebron James walks the air at the end
- NBA: The fight for the last play in places in the west
New Orleans Pelicans (32-43) – Los Angeles Lakers (31-43) 116: 108 (Boxscore)
Just before the break, the Lakers had led with 23 points in the smoothie King Center, but this pad fell together in halftime. The hosts achieved 41 meters in the third quarter and went for the first time eight minutes before the end. Brandon Ingram returned after ten playing pause because of a thigh injury and scored 7 of its 26 meters (10/17 FG) in the last five minutes of the game.
The former Lakers-Forward looked significantly more fresher than Lebron James, who had worn his team for three quarters. At the end for James stood 39 meters (14/27 FG, 7/13 threesome), 9 rebounds and 5 assists, in the final section, the 37-year-old plunged only two of his seven trials and had evidence of rookie Herb Jones visibly problems.
The Pelican-Forward struggled again and again to screens and always had his arms in the right place in the first half. 15 points and a best value of 6 steals posted the 23-year-old. C.J. McCollum (18, 7/16) and Jonas Valanciunas (19, 12 rebounds) rounded off the good starting five of the hosts.
At first, the Pelicans had started hyper-nervous, everyone in the hall knew what was going on here. It took four minutes before the Pels score, at this time James had already achieved ten of the twelve Lakers points. After a break, the Pelicans began, helping James bent and hobbled a few minutes. Instead of pulling to the basket, Lebron built and sunk four partly deep threesters in the second quarter.
Lebron James walks the air at the end
By one of them, James also reached the magical sound wall of 37,000 points, which had broken only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in front of him. In this phase, Malik Monk (23) and Russell Westbrook (18, 8/15) helped, but little came from the rest. But since James was so hot, it did not matter at first, but that changed after the break.
The Pelicans worked piece back to the game and got unexpected production of Rookie Trey Murphy. The Forward achieved each of his 21 points (7/12 FG, 4/7 threesome) after the change and let the fans hope with a distant and crashing Dunks again. The momentum was fully on the side of the hosts and eight minutes before the end worry of Valanciunas, the first leadership of the evening. Jumper of McCollum and Ingram then held the Lakers at a distance, the guests fell terrifying little, Magere 14 counter in the final quarter underlined this.
Thus, the Lakers fall back to the tenth place in the west and have already lost the direct comparison with New Orleans before the last conflict at night on Saturday in Los Angeles. The projection of the Lakers in eleven, which San Antonio occupies, is only a game. The SPURS has the much simpler residual program.
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NBA: The fight for the last play in places in the west
|9||New Orleans Pelicans||32-43||–|
|10||Los Angeles Lakers||31-43||0,5|
|11||San Antonio Spurs||30-44||1.5|