Lakers’ Anthony Davis dominates in win vs. Pelicans

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During Tuesday night’s NBA game, the Los Angeles Lakers comfortably defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 123-108 with 35 points and 17 rebounds from Anthony Davis and seven 3-pointers from Malik Beasley in the first half.

Davis overpowered the Pelicans’ lack of inner presence, and Beasley’s sharpshooting was instrumental in establishing an early lead. The Lakers finished the night with 18 of 39 from 3-point range, including 15 of 27 before halftime, setting a franchise record. Beasley finished with 24 points.

“I felt confident tonight,” said Beasley. “I said to myself, keep doing what I’m doing and don’t worry about the pressure of taking pictures.”

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In their battle for a postseason spot, the Lakers (34-35) and Pelicans (33-36) both added 17 points to advance in the standings. If these two teams finish with the same record, the Lakers will hold the tiebreaker after winning the season series 3-1.

“It was very important to us just for standing purposes, tiebreak purposes and then getting back into the win column,” said Davis

Davis explained, “I wanted to come out ultra-aggressive tonight, knowing how important this game was. Everyone did. We played the right way, played great defensively and shared the ball offensively, played together and we clicked on all cylinders.

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The 22 points Brandon Ingram scored on his return to the lineup were not enough to make up for the loss to New Orleans.

“We just let their shots demoralize us,” said Pelicans coach Willie Green. “Our sense of urgency was lacking, but it just came down to them firing early. We missed a lot.

“If we don’t start with a sense of urgency, play fast or play with violence, it demoralizes our minds,” Green added. “We’ve got to figure that part out somehow.”

An Ingram pull-up jumper narrowed the Pelicans’ deficit to 13 after halftime as Herbert Jones and Trey Murphy III each scored 20. With five minutes left in the game, Jones stole Davis’ pass and attempted to start a quick break that could have put New Orleans up to 11 points. However, Jones was called for a foul for trying to prevent Russell from catching Jones’ pass after Russell tipped Jones’ pass.

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After that exchange, the Lakers pushed their lead to 18 and went into a 7-2 mini-series. Starting with a layup while fouling, a 3-pointer made, and a stepback jumper from Davis, the Lakers scored the first 14 points of the game. As a result, Los Angeles’ lead remained under ten after Beasley and Russell hit three each.

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