Anthony Davis dominates the Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis too much for Lakers as they lose to Pelicans 109-102

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The Los Angeles Lakers knew full well how good the New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis was before Wednesday night’s matchup as he averaged 25 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and shot 62.2 percent from the field in 3 games versus the Lakers last season. If they didn’t, they were reminded as Davis went off again on the Lakers, scoring 25 efficient points on 12 for 16 from the field; he was all over the floor defensively as well, getting 6 blocks and numerous more that he altered or deterred.

The final score of 109-102 is a bit misleading as the Pelicans took control of the game in the 3rd quarter and early in the 4th, getting up by as many as 23 points. A late, inconsequential run by the Lakers to close out the game is what brought about the deceptive close final score.

The Lakers hung in with the Pelicans early, mainly behind a hot shooting Kobe Bryant who scored 14 first quarter points. The Lakers went into the half only down 3 points with a score of 51-48, but in the 3rd, the Pelicans took over, closing out the quarter on a 22-12 and putting the game away.

Bryant finished with 33 points on 10 for 28 from the field; the 33 points was the highest by any player against the Pelicans this season.

“We all just tried to corral him,” Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday said. “We just wanted to give Kobe a lot of different looks, try to make him uncomfortable.”

All of the Lakers’ starters finished with double figure scoring, including Carlos Boozer who finished with 16 points and Jeremy Lin with 15 points.

The biggest disparity of the night between the two teams was in the painted area where the Pelicans scored 60 points to the Lakers 34.  The large number of baskets coming in the paint is what attributed to the 54.9 percent shooting on the night for the Pelicans. The Lakers shot a sub-par 41.7 percent from the field.

Why were the Pelicans able to get into the paint at will? Anthony Davis revealed the Pelicans thought process after the game and it’s disturbing if you’re a Lakers’ player.

“We know they didn’t really have any rim-protectors,” Davis said following the game. “Everybody was out there attacking, trying to get into the paint.”

Bryant seems to think that the issue with guarding the paint is fixable.

“It should be fixable,” Bryant said. “We just need to plug the lane and take care of the paint.”

Coach Byron Scott might not agree with his star as he revealed after the game.

The loss to the Pelicans drops the Lakers record to a woeful 1-7. The Lakers return home to play the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

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