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Pelicans’ Winning Streak Snapped by Lakers: A Defensive Disappointment

The New Orleans Pelicans suffered a defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers, losing 139-122 at the cryto.com center in downtown L.A. on Friday night.

This loss ended the Pelicans’ four-game winning streak, a setback as they approach the All-Star break. The disappointment was palpable, especially considering the Pelicans’ strong performance against the Clippers in the same venue just two nights prior.

Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, the Pelicans’ standout players, started the game strongly, contributing 30 of the team’s 39 first-quarter points. They took advantage of Lakers forward Anthony Davis’s early foul trouble to score 24 points in the paint, shooting an impressive 14 out of 20 from the field as a team and leading by three points heading into the second quarter.

However, the Pelicans’ lead quickly evaporated when Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell went on a scoring spree, netting 14 points in less than three minutes and propelling the Lakers to a double-digit lead. The Lakers’ offense was firing on all cylinders, with all five starters reaching double figures in scoring, thanks to their proficient shooting from beyond the arc.

Despite a spirited effort from the Pelicans in the third quarter, cutting the Lakers’ lead to single digits with a 14-2 run, Los Angeles continued to find success with easy scoring opportunities near the basket, amassing 50 points in the paint by the end of the third quarter. Russell’s late three-pointers extended the Lakers’ lead to 13 points heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Pelicans struggled to mount a comeback as the Lakers maintained pressure on their interior defense, ultimately finishing with a staggering 68 points in the paint. Although Zion Williamson had a strong showing with 30 points, Brandon Ingram cooled off significantly after the first quarter, scoring just six points for the remainder of the game.

Defensively, it was a lackluster performance for the Pelicans, allowing the Lakers to shoot 55% from the field and facilitate 32 assists on 49 made baskets. With little time to regroup, the Pelicans face the challenge of a back-to-back game against the fast-paced Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, followed by the conclusion of their four-game road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

Yachiga Tavershima
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