Postgame recap: Pelicans 139, Lakers 117

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

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Pelicans (31-26), Lakers (23-33)

The team’s starting center has been sidelined with a season-ending injury for nine games. The starting point guard was ejected in the first half. No problem – just let Anthony Davis take over the game.

For a third straight contest, Davis put up All-NBA numbers, leading the Pelicans to a third consecutive victory. After pouring in 44 and 38 points in previous road wins over Brooklyn and Detroit, the five-time All-Star registered 42 points against Los Angeles.

Another monster performance from Davis was needed partly due to the early exit of Rajon Rondo, who was jointly tossed from Wednesday’s game along with Isaiah Thomas, after they got into a minor scrap and continued to jaw at each other. By that stage New Orleans had already established its dominance on the offensive end, setting a franchise record with 46 first-quarter points, one shy of a team mark for any quarter.

It wasn’t long ago that some began counting New Orleans out of the Western Conference playoff chase, and understandably so, with a 1-5 record in the six games following DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending injury. Since then, however, the Pelicans have injected new life into their hopes of reaching the postseason, despite being without a four-time All-Star.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Davis dropped in his 42nd point of the game with eight-plus minutes remaining, giving New Orleans a 19-point lead at 115-96. The Lakers started subbing in deep reserves a few minutes later, trailing by 20-plus points in the first game of a back-to-back for them that concludes Thursday at Minnesota.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Davis is in the midst of one of the finest stretches of his six-year NBA career, which is saying something given how productive he’s been since Year 3, when he was in the MVP discussion and led New Orleans to a playoff berth. For the third time as a pro, Davis compiled a 30-point half Wednesday, racking up 31 prior to intermission. Perhaps most impressively about Davis’ performance, he only needed 18 shots from the field to get his 42 points, going 15/18. He was 10/11 on free throws and 2/2 at the three-point arc.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“(Cousins) called me and said, ‘What are you doing? You need to go out there and just be you.’ Ever since then, he told me, the coaching staff told me, the team told me, and I’ve just been playing aggressive.” – Davis on his approach changing, which has led to him scoring 38-plus points in every game of NOLA’s current winning streak

“That loss (of Cousins) was tough, but guys are stepping up, trying to fill that offense that we’re lacking. Bringing (Nikola Mirotic) in is a huge part, he’s shooting the ball well, he can post up, drive and do a lot of things at the offensive end. And he’s doing a great job defensively, too. I feel like we’ve got everybody playing with a lot of confidence right now.” – Davis on the Pelicans overall

“We want to make sure we come out with a lot of energy after this (All-Star) break and try to keep this win streak going.” – Davis on the Pelicans, who won’t play again until hosting Miami on Feb. 23

BY THE NUMBERS

35: New Orleans assists, led by 11 from Jrue Holiday. Five other Pelicans dished out at least three assists, including five by Rondo in only 8:18 of playing time.

52: Bench points for New Orleans, led by Darius Miller’s 19 points on 4/6 three-point shooting. Mirotic tallied 16 points despite a very rough shooting start Wednesday.

48-37: Pelicans rebounding advantage, an area of recent improvement after it had been a problem spot for much of the season. In his second start at center, Emeka Okafor grabbed eight boards.

7: Zatarain’s is donating meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank for every Pelicans dunk at home games this season. New Orleans threw down seven slams vs. Los Angeles.

GAME RECAP: Pelicans 139, Lakers 117

Anthony Davis is able to notch a double-double with 42 points and 15 rebounds in the Pelicans 139-117 win over the Lakers.

Game 58: Pelicans vs Lakers 2/14/18

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GAME RECAP: Pelicans 139, Lakers 117

Anthony Davis is able to notch a double-double with 42 points and 15 rebounds in the Pelicans 139-117 win over the Lakers.
Feb 14, 2018  |  02:16

Nightly Notable: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis scores 42 points with 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks versus the Lakers.
Feb 14, 2018  |  01:58

Pelicans vs Lakers Postgame: Anthony Davis 02-14-18

Forward Anthony Davis speaks with the media after the the Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday February 14, 2018.
Feb 14, 2018  |  04:20

Pelicans vs Lakers Postgame: Jrue Holiday 02-14-18

Guard Jrue Holiday speaks with the media after the the Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday February 14, 2018.
Feb 14, 2018  |  02:32

Pelicans vs Lakers Postgame: Nikola Mirotic 02-14-18

Center Nikola Mirotic speaks with the media after the the Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday February 14, 2018.
Feb 14, 2018  |  03:30

Pelicans vs Lakers Postgame: Emeka Okafor 02-14-18

Center Emeka Okafor speaks with the media after the the Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday February 14, 2018.
Feb 14, 2018  |  01:36

Pelicans vs Lakers Postgame: Alvin Gentry 02-14-18

Head Coach Alvin Gentry speaks with the media after the the Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday February 14, 2018.
Feb 14, 2018  |  05:23

Davis scores 42 points against Lakers

Anthony Davis puts on a show against the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 42 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
Feb 14, 2018  |  02:53

Anthony Davis speaks with Jen Hale after the win

Anthony Davis speaks with Jen Hale court-side after putting up 42 points against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Feb 14, 2018  |  02:42

Jrue Holiday takes off

Jrue Holiday takes off on the fast break and rises up for the slam
Feb 14, 2018  |  00:10

Darius Miller drains the 3 and gets the foul

Darius Miller drains a baseline three pointer and gets the and-1
Feb 14, 2018  |  00:15

Nikola Mirotic heats up on both ends

Nikola Mirotic scores 9 points in the 3rd quarter and makes big defensive stops for the Pelicans.
Feb 14, 2018  |  01:03

AD gets it done inside and out

Anthony Davis slams it and then hits two back to back threes to extend the Pelicans lead.
Feb 14, 2018  |  00:29

Holiday Soars For The Dunk

Rajon Rondo dishes a quick bounce pass inbounds to Jrue Holiday who soars for the dunk.
Feb 14, 2018  |  00:16

Mirotic with a zip pass to Cheick Diallo

The Pelicans get it done in the paint after Nikola Mirotic zips an overhead pass to Cheick Diallo who finishes with contact.
Feb 14, 2018  |  00:09

Davis catches reverse alley-oop from Rondo

Rajon Rondo throws the perfect pass to Anthony Davis who goes up for a reverse alley-oop.
Feb 14, 2018  |  00:08