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FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs Pelicans – Game 7

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Los Angeles Lakers (2-5) | New Orleans Pelicans (4-3)

 

The Lakers have won their second game of the season and in a row after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 120-117 off a massive game from Lonnie Walker IV and the heroics of Matt Ryan.

 

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The Lakers’ starters against New Orleans were Patrick Beverley, Lonnie Walker IV, Troy Brown Jr., LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. Russell Westbrook has seemed to buy into his new role coming off the bench and has become a spark plug for this team.

Dennis Schröder and Thomas Bryant remained out for this game. Juan Toscano-Anderson was active for tonight but did not play, probably due to the left ankle sprain he suffered against Denver, and head coach Darvin Ham doesn’t want to risk anything just yet. He wasn’t alone, as Damian Jones and Kendrick Nunn were active but didn’t play.

Herb Jones and Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) were both out for New Orleans.

The Lakers trailed 27-23 at the end of the first quarter. They got a pair of late threes from Westbrook and Matt Ryan to counter a Pelicans run.

The Lake Show shot just 9 of 26 overall (34.6%) and 3 of 12 from three (25%), to the Pelicans’ 11 of 21 overall (52.4%) and 3 of 9 from three (33.3%). On the bright side, they only had two turnovers to the Pelicans’ six.

New Orleans was held scoreless for a long stretch, from 10:03 remaining of the 2nd quarter to just 6:26 remaining. Credit to the Lakers’ defense, but the Pelicans still led 33-31.

After back-to-back possessions that featured an extra pass, one from Westbrook and the other from Davis, resulted in threes from Walker IV and Brown Jr., then Davis was able to get a block which turned into a transition alley-oop as the Lakers took a 53-44 lead in the final minute of the 2nd quarter.

Walker IV and Brown Jr. hit three threes, two from Walker IV, including a near buzzer-beater, to support the JamesDavisWestbrook trio that was drawing the defense. But at this point, it was the Lakers’ defense doing the heavy lifting as they held New Orleans to just 38.3% from the field.

Westbrook had himself a solid first half, with 11 points (5 of 7 FGs), seven assists, and six rebounds in 17 minutes. Although he would only score two points in the second half, the man had done his job. The Lakers closed the first half on a 17-2 run and led 56-44 at the half.

 

The Lakers came into this one with new confidence after winning their first game of the season. They fought through adversity play after play and came out on top

 

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Jose Alvarado led a colossal charge off the bench for the Pelicans. He sparked a run that went up to 15-0 from the 3:53 mark of the 3rd quarter to the 1:29 mark. As a result, the Lakers had a 14-point lead that turned into a 77-76 deficit in just over two minutes.

The Lake Show managed a 6-0 counter to that massive 15-0 pelican run before C.J. McCollum made a layup with 2.0 seconds left to make it an 82-79 Lakers lead after three quarters.

Walker IV would throw down a massive poster on Alvarado (For which the Lakers’ bench drew a technical foul) after he hit his 4th triple, which had him up to 23 points at this point to lead the team.

Zion Williamson began heating up inside for the Pelicans, but he wasn’t hot enough, and the game was still tied at 92. Williamson then began isolating to a substantial effect on offense to keep the score tight in the 4th quarter, but he sat with 6:22 left in the game after picking up his 5th personal foul.

The score read 100-97 in the Lakers’ favor after Walker IV hit two free throws. The turnover battle in the second half was very lopsided—Eight for the Lakers and just one for the Pelicans, compared to the first half, where New Orleans had 11 to the Lakers’ eight.

Big hustle plays from Beverley, who stripped the ball after a defensive board, and Austin Reaves, who elevated for an offensive board, helped the Lake Show go up 108-105.

A crucial lifeline for the Lakers, as they were down 111-108 after a 6-0 run by the Pelicans, Ryan came off an off-ball screen where Reaves found him in the corner, and he drained a three in a defender’s face to force overtime. That play only worked because New Orleans rookie Dyson Daniels missed two free throws with 1.6 seconds left. The Lakers grabbed the board and called time-out immediately to advance the ball.

Ham told reporters on the Ryan three, “The play was definitely intended for him. Austin threw a hell of a pass.” Ham wanted to put Ryan in a position where he could get a clean look. He knew the Pelicans were aware that Ryan was a shooter, but in a big moment, he hoped they’d see him as a decoy.

With a 120-115 lead with 1:56 to play in overtime, after a Walker IV 3 (his 5th on the night), a Davis put-back layup, a Davis dunk, and a James transition bucket. The Pelicans had a bucket from McCollum and one from Williamson. But they just couldn’t recover from Ryan’s heroic shot and fell to the Lakers 120-117.

 

Key Takeaways

 

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The Lakers shot a season-best 43.3% from three last game but cratered this time out as they went back to their old ways by shooting just 27.8% (10-36) from three. Also, the Lake show won this game despite committing 18 turnovers to the Pelicans‘ 14.

Williamson, despite the loss, performed with 27 points, five rebounds, and seven assists. McCollum put up 22 points on a shaky 10-27 from the field and 1-6 from three, as well as nine rebounds and eight assists.

James finished with 20 points, ten rebounds, and eight assists. Davis had 20 points,16 rebounds, and four blocks. Westbrook, off the bench, was once again electric, putting up 13 points on 6-10 from the field, seven rebounds, and nine assists. Walker IV exploded for 28 points on 5-9 shooting from three.

When you have a coach that has your back and trusts you through thick and thin, it goes a long way.” – Walker IV told reporters on his relationship with coach Ham.

Ham on Westbrook, One of my goals is to get him in the conversation for Sixth Man of the Year, and why not start now?”

James missed down the stretch, and in overtime, he was 0-7 from three. James told reporters that he has been under the weather for the past few days, saying he barely was able to get out of bed before today and that he missed the team Halloween party. 

 

The Lakers will stay at home after winning their second game of the season and will take on the Utah Jazz Friday, November 4th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crypto.com Arena. The game will be available on Spectrum SportsNet, NBA League Pass, Root Sports Northwest, and AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

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