Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2022-2023 Regular Season between the New Orleans Pelicans (NOP) vs Los Angeles Lakers (LAL) on February 5, 2023 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the Smoothie King Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans defeats the Los Angeles Lakers in their home court with a ifnal score of 131-126.
New Orleans has been awful in their past ten matchups as they have lost all of them. But they bounced back against the Lakers and snapped the ten-game losing slump infront of the home audience.
Not only that, but the Pelicans also managed to reduce and take over the 12-point winning deficit that was once held by the visiting team. They also started strong in the second half, outscoring Los Angeles with 42 points in the third period against their 34 points.
On the bright side for the Lakers, LeBron James is now inches away from taking the long-time record in points scored in the league. “The King” is now 36 points away from breaking the record.
“I just want to win,” James shared. “You know, you play the game the right way and see what happens.”
James tallied 27 points, nine boards, and six assists in the losing effort against the Pelicans.
“I’m tired as hell,” James said. “I’ll be ready to go on Tuesday,” when the Lakers play next.
Brandon Ingram had his best performance against Los Angeles since returning from a couple of days earlier from almost a two-month injury absence. The former-Laker had 35 points. CJ McCollum had 23 points as he aided the team break their losing momentum.
The next matchup for the Lakers is against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 8 where James is projected to surpass the record.
Anthony Davis led the team with 34 pints and 14 rebounds while Westbrook had 15 points, but was not utlizized by Ham for most of the fourth quarter.
The Pelicans move up to 27-27 while the Lakers fall down to 25-29.
Pelicans vs Lakers
32-30; 40-31; 34-42; 20-28
Pelicans (131) Ingram 35, McCollum 23, Murphy III 21, Valanciunas 18, Alvarado 18
Lakers (126) -Davis 34, James 27, Westbrook 15, Brown Jr. 13, Walker IV 11