Kobe Bryant scores 14 against the Pelicans

Lakers drop 3rd in a row after 104-87 defeat to Pelicans

(Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Coach Byron Scott made changes to the starting line-up on Sunday, replacing Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer with Ronnie Price and Ed Davis, but the results were the same; the Los Angeles Lakers lost again, this time to the New Orleans Pelicans 104-87 for their 3rd loss in a row.The Lakers defense played better initially with the changes but they struggled offensively, scoring just 16 points in the 1st quarter and 40 at halftime.

The Lakers couldn’t get anybody going on the night. Kobe Bryant shot 6 for 18 from the field and scored just 14 points, his 3rd lowest output of the season.

The Lakers shot 40 percent from the field for the game while the Pelicans shot 51.8 percent.

The Lakers were also beat soundly on the boards, losing the battle 50 to 34 to the Pelicans..

Ed Davis was efficient in his first start of the season, shooting 5 for 6 from the field, but was an overall quiet night, finishing with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Ronnie Price first start was a disappointing one as he ended the night with just 3 points on 1 for 4 from the field in 25 minutes.

Understandably, both Boozer and Lin were reported to be disappointed when informed by Coach Scott that they were being replaced in the starting line-up.

In their first game coming off the bench, Boozer finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes and Lin scored 3 points on 1 for 5 from the field.

Anthony Davis had a quiet night than what we expect from him this season, finishing with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal.

Davis came in trailing Kobe Bryant for the NBA scoring lead by 0.6 but with Bryant having an off night the gap was narrowed to a virtual tie at 25.2 points per game.

Bryant is not just 62 points from catching Micheal Jordan for 3rd on the All-time NBA scoring list. Bryant will likely reach and surpass the mark in San Antonio on Friday or in Minnesota on Sunday.

The Lakers’ record drops to 5-16 which ranks 14th in the Western Conference.

The Lakers will face the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at Staples Center.

Writer & NBA fan who’s been hooked since the days of Magic v Bird. Love basketball debates without it ending in a knife fight. My BBall nickname: “Todo El Dia” (All Day.) Hit me up on Twitter @fullcourtfern or Instagram: @raining3sdotcom