Pelicans complete gauntlet of games with dramatic win over Lakers

Aubrey Yates
March 24, 2018

Their effort on Thursday night, particularly in the fourth quarter, surely would have made Mr. B proud. "We just had to grind it out".

The Pelicans led 71-69 when Davis converted a lay-up on an alley-oop lob from Moore with 2:26 left in the second quarter, but the Lakers responded with Lopez's dunk and short jumper to go up 73-71 at halftime. Rajon Rondo chipped in 24 points, 12 of which came in the final quarter.

"He played out of his mind", said Davis. New Orleans trailed by 11 entering the fourth quarter but took the lead with two minutes left and held on to it in the closing seconds.

It's the type of win that surely would have caused Benson, the team's owner who died last week at the age of 90, to pay the team a vist. "Those kind of things are missed". He was invested in everything and engaged with the team and he will be extremely missed.

Point guard Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets and forward Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans were among those who performed superbly in the NBA's six-game schedule of Thursday, March 22.

Rondo bounced back after going 1-for-6 and mustering 2 points on Wednesday.

The victory put the lid on a five-games-in-six-nights stretch for the Pelicans. Gentry said before the game that he didn't expect fatigue from three games in as many nights to be a factor.

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Tonight the Pelicans will be playing the role of host for the Los Angeles Lakers.

For the first time in what seems like a while, media narratives surrounding the teams in the West aren't only focused on those at the very top of the conference standings. New Orleans shot 54.7 percent (52 of 95) and scored 80 points in the paint after coming in averaging 51.6 points in the paint, which ranked second in the National Basketball Association.

Offense was the name of the game and defense barely an afterthought in the first quarter as the Lakers got out to an early lead, 44-40. The rookie managed to make only one of 12 three-point attempts on the night-including three of the Lakers final four shots.

Caldwell-Pope and Kuzma made consecutive 3-pointers as Los Angeles regained the lead at 88-86.

But the Pelicans overcame it. "I'm a little frustrated they're not going in though". You give me this group of talent, I never feel like we're out of any game.

The result was a win and a day of rest before Saturday's game at the Housson Rockets. "It was hard. I was feeling it for sure".

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