NEW ORLEANS—The Los Angeles Lakers have continued to find early season success, winning five of their last six games and defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 126-99 on Saturday, November 12.
The Lakers guards combined for 84 points, with Jordan Clarkson leading Los Angeles with 23 off of the bench. The former second round pick is averaging 15.1 points this season without starting a game.
“Me and Lou are going to be real aggressive coming in. We’re trying to do a good job of leading this second group, bringing the energy, scoring the ball, pushing the pace,” Clarkson said. “Coach gave that to us. That’s our role and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Lou Williams added 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists for the Lakers in 25 minutes of play. D’Angelo Russell finished the night with 22 points and 6 assists, while Nick Young scored 15 and made five of seven 3-pointers.
Anthony Davis scored 34 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Pelicans, who fall to 1-9 on the season. Davis has averaged 31.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and three blocks per game this season. Rookie Buddy Hield added 18 points off of the bench for New Orleans.
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry cited the strong play of the Lakers’ bench as the main reason his team lost.
“Their bench pretty much dominated the game,” Gentry said after the loss. “We couldn’t get Lou stopped and Clarkson pretty much scored at will.”
Los Angeles is now 6-4 overall after winning their last two games, tying them with the Portland Trail Blazers for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. The Lakers will travel to face the Minnesota Timberwolves in their next game on Sunday, November 13.