Lakers Gameday

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NOLA Pelicans

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Tip-Off: 7:30PM PST

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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LAL 23 28 34 40 125
NOLA Pelicans

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Pelicans Beat Lakers 132-125 to End 8-Game Skid

By Joe Resnick on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds, Eric Gordon also scored 28 and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 132-125 Tuesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Brian Roberts scored 10 of his 19 points for New Orleans during a 1 1/2-minute span in the fourth quarter. Tyreke Evans had 24 points and 11 assists, helping the Pelicans salvage the finale of a five-game road trip that included a 32-point loss to the Clippers on Saturday night at Staples Center.

The win ended a string of nine straight road losses to the Lakers and was only the third for New Orleans in the last 18 meetings overall - including a 96-85 victory Nov. 8 in which Davis had a career-high 32 points.

Pau Gasol had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who were attempting to match their longest winning streak of the season after beating Sacramento last Friday and Portland on Monday. The loss was their 27th in 35 games and dropped them back into sole possession of last place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Sacramento and Utah.

Newcomer Kent Bazemore had 23 points and Jordan Farmer added 20 off the bench for Los Angeles. Xavier Henry, playing his second game after missing the previous 28 because of a bone bruise on his right knee, had 12 points in 14 minutes.

Gordon's jumper gave New Orleans a 74-53 advantage with 9:54 left in the third quarter, but the Lakers narrowed the gap to 91-85 on Ryan Kelly's 15-footer with 1:12 left in the period.

That was as close as they got until a late push.

Gasol made one of two free throws to cut New Orleans' lead to 128-125 with 18.1 seconds to go. Gordon sank two foul shots at the other end, and Bazemore missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Anthony Morrow hit two foul shots with 11 seconds remaining to close out the scoring.

Roberts made a 3-pointer, a 14-footer and five free throws - three of them after getting fouled by Farmar on a 3-pointer - to help the Pelicans open a 114-104 lead with 5:59 left. The Lakers had pulled to 97-93 on a fast-break layup by MarShon Brooks with 9 1/2 minutes to play.

Davis helped the Pelicans take a 67-51 halftime lead with 19 points. The first-time All-Star made seven of his first eight shots, one night after missing his first 10 in a 96-89 loss at Sacramento while playing with a sore left shoulder.

Gasol scored the Lakers' first 13 points and had 17 by halftime. Starting point guard Kendall Marshall played 22 scoreless minutes with 10 assists - the fourth time in the last four games that he didn't have a point.

NOTES: The Lakers won a season-best three in a row Nov. 17-24, beating Detroit, Golden State and Sacramento - all at home. ... The Pelicans begin a six-game homestand Friday night against Milwaukee, the last team they had defeated back on Feb. 12. ... The Lakers have only 10 home wins, one fewer than on the road. The closest they've ever come to finishing a season with more wins on the road than at home was 1959-60, the franchise's final season in Minneapolis, when they won nine at home and nine on the road during a 75-game schedule that included neutral-site games. ... Bazemore, a little-used reserve with the Warriors before he was obtained along with Brooks on Feb. 19, is averaging 17.1 points in his first six NBA starts since coming to L.A. ... Lakers guard Jodie Meeks had 17 points.

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Game Notes

2013-14 Series Notes: Both teams have been victorious once on their respective home courts.

All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers swept the 2012-13 season series with the Pelicans 4-0, the third consecutive season they have done so (2011-12 (3-0), 2010-11 (4-0)) … The Lakers, who have won each of the last six season series against New Orleans, last dropped one to the Pelicans in 2006-07 (1-2) ... Since the Pelicans entered the NBA prior to the 1988-89 season, the Lakers have only dropped three total season series (1993-94 (0-2), 1995-96 (0-2), 2006-07 (1-2))… The Lakers had won 11 straight against the Pelicans overall, which included overcoming a 25-point deficit and scoring 20 unanswered points to close the game March 6th, 2013 in New Orleans, until a loss earlier this season at home … The Lakers are 18-4 all-time against the Hornets at STAPLES Center in the regular season and have won their last nine straight overall... Since the Pelicans move to New Orleans from Charlotte prior to the 2002-03 season, the Lakers have gone 13-4 at New Orleans Arena while going 0-2 at Ford Center in Oklahoma City during their temporary relocation from 2005-07... In 2006, the Lakers and Pelicans took part in the city of New Orleans first professional sports game following Hurricane Katrina when they met at the New Orleans Arena March 8, 2006. The Lakers won that contest 113-107 behind 40 points from Kobe Bryant… In 2006-07, Bryant scored a series record 50 points 3/23/07, becoming just the second player in NBA history to score 50+ points in four consecutive games... The Lakers and Pelicans met for the first time in the playoffs in 2010-11 with Los Angeles taking the First Round series 4-2.

Connections: The Hornets, then in Charlotte, drafted Kobe Bryant with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft (two picks before Phoenix selected Steve Nash) before trading him to the Lakers in exchange for Vlade Divac… Bryant and Pelicans F/C Anthony Davis won a gold medal in 2012 as members of the United States men’s basketball team … Lakers C Chris Kaman played for New Orleans in the 2011-12 season, as did G Xavier Henry, who also spent the 2012-13 season as a Hornet… Pelicans G Eric Gordon was teammates with Kaman on the Los Angeles Clippers from 2008-09 to 2010-11 and was traded with Kaman and Pelicans F Al-Farouq Aminu (teammates with Kaman in L.A. in 2010-11) to New Orleans on December 14, 2011 in a deal which also netted the Pelicans the 2012 first round pick they used to select G Austin Rivers… Pelicans G Jrue Holiday was teammates with Lakers G Jodie Meeks (2009-2012) and G/F Nick Young (2012-13) in Philadelphia… Pelicans F/C Jason Smith was also on the 2009-10 76ers roster with Meeks... Pelicans assistant coach Dave Hanners was collegiate teammates with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak at the University of North Carolina… Henry and Pelicans C Jeff Withey were teammates at Kansas University in 2009-10.

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Pau Gasol
pts Anthony Davis
Pau Gasol
reb Anthony Davis
Kendall Marshall
ast Tyreke Evans

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Kendall Marshall g Brian Roberts
Jodie Meeks g Eric Gordon
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Wesley Johnson f Tyreke Evans
Kent Bazemore f Anthony Davis


Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    (nerve root irritation) is out
  • Nick Young:
    (sore knee) is out
  • Chris Kaman:
    (sore back) is questionable

Injury Report - PELICANS

  • Jason Smith:
    (knee) is out
  • Ryan Anderson:
    (knee) is out
  • Jrue Holiday:
    (leg) is out