Pelicans complete gauntlet of games with dramatic win over Lakers

Behind the Numbers presented by HUB International Lakers at Pelicans

Behind the Numbers presented by HUB International Lakers at Pelicans

Typically, that spot would be considered pretty safe ground in terms of punching a playoff ticket at this point in the season. It was so bad that the Pelican didn't bother to guard him anymore. Earlier this season, both were ejected after a brief scuffle that stemmed from derisive comments Rondo had made about the Celtics' plan earlier this season to honor Thomas with a video tribute.

The Lakers can certainly score some points.

"The shots I'm getting, I like them, been hitting them my whole life", Ball said after the game (NBA). "None of those were forced".

Despite the fact that LA is now three slots outside of the playoff picture (11th seed) the team, by all accounts, is still a force to be reckoned with. "We believe in what he's going to do for us in our future and he's shown, at times, this year what he's going to be", Walton told reporters, via ESPN. After beginning the month of March with a 5-2 record, the Lakers have now lost four consecutive games dating back to 117-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors on March 14.

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Four of the Lakers starters scored at least 22 points. The Lakers tied a season high for points in a first half.

Jrue Holiday added 26 points, with Ian Clark and E'Twaun Moore contributing 13 each for New Orleans, which completed a stretch of three home games in three nights and five in six nights. New Orleans shot 54.7 percent (52 of 95) and scored 80 points in the paint after coming in averaging 51.6 points in the paint, which ranked second in the National Basketball Association.

Rondo made a 3-pointer and layup to give the Pelicans a 126-125 lead with two minutes left. The Pelicans outscored the Lakers, 31-17, in the fourth quarter. James Harden has spent this season showing that he is a generational talent when it comes to scoring and passing, while proving to National Basketball Association writers across the country that he can still find a gear to play at an MVP-caliber level alongside a ball-dominant teammate like Chris Paul.

Caldwell-Pope made his first five 3-point shots, spurring the Lakers to a 44-point first quarter, the most points allowed in any quarter by New Orleans. "Our commitment to defense was bad".

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