Pelicans stun Lakers with huge comeback win: 3 takeaway

Written by sidhanta

After playing one of their worst halves of the season, New Orleans rallied in the second behind their defense, Brandon Ingram and some timely contributions from Trey Murphy III.

They turned a 23-point deficit into an eight-point win much to the delight of the packed crowd, which had its share of purple and gold dappled throughout.

There were far too many Lakers’ jerseys in the first few rows and it was a thing of beauty to watch them stand there stunned at the end of the game.

The win propelled the Pelicans into the 9th seed, which has implications not only for the play-in tournament but for the 2022 NBA Draft pick they are owed from the Lakers.

After allowing 69 first half points to the Lakers, most of which looked far too easy, the Pelicans started making it hard.

They closed the space the Lakers were getting in the first half, forced LA into tough shots by playing ball handlers into the help,

Herbert Jones led the way with six steals and it was his 4th-quarter defense on LeBron that was the difference in the game, as he made it tough for LBJ to even catch the ball.

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