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Friday, November 8th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (3-3) at New Orleans Pelicans (2-3), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers will try to keep the momentum
going after Thursday's big win over the Houston Rockets when they visit the
New Orleans Pelicans.
Steve Blake nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.3 ticks left on the clock
Thursday to knock off the Rockets, now led by former disgruntled Laker, Dwight
"It was obviously a great win and a lot of fun for us," Lakers guard Steve
Nash said. "We've been struggling a little bit, trying to keep our head above
water and it was a huge win. It was a great win for us in terms of the belief
and some reward for all the hard work and sticking together."
The Lakers came into Thursday's game losers of three of their last four.
Friday's tilt with the Pelicans will end a three-game swing through the south.
Six Lakers scored in double figures on Thursday and the bench did most of the
heavy lifting. Jodie Meeks paced L.A. with 18 points, followed by 16 for
Wesley Johnson and 11 by Jordan Farmar. All totaled, the second unit
contributed 54 points against Houston.
Blake finished with 14, while Nash chipped in 12. Nick Young scored 11 points
and Pau Gasol, the Lakers' leading scorer, only managed two points on 1-for-10
The Pelicans come into Friday night's bout at New Orleans Arena on an 11-game
losing streak at the hands of the Lakers.
On Wednesday, New Orleans picked up a great road win, a 99-84 drubbing of the
Grizzlies in Memphis. The Pelicans had a 10-point lead at the half, then piled
it on in the third quarter, winning the 12-minute stretch, 28-16.
"We've had the lead at halftime before. The third quarters have just given us
trouble," New Orleans center Jason Smith said. "We just knew we had to come
out with a concerted effort and be motivated to come out and have a big third
Five Pelicans scored in double figures against Memphis. Eric Gordon led the
way with 19, followed by 18 from Anthony Davis, 16 from Tyreke Evans off the
bench. Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith were the other New Orleans players to
crack the double-digit plateau.
New Orleans has tightened things up significantly on the defensive end as
compared to last season. The Pelicans rank eighth in opponents' scoring at
The last time the Pelicans beat the Lakers was on March 29, 2010.
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