April 11, 2017
The Lakers kept their late season win streak going by beating the Pelicans 108-96 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. It was their 5th straight win, and came in the final home game of the season.
Metta World Peace led the way with 18 points for the Lakers, in what might have been the final home game of his Laker career. Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson each scored 15 points as well for LA.
The Pelicans played without Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins, who were both nursing injuries. D’Angelo Russell sat out for the Lakers, opting to be with his family after the death of his grandmother.
The Pelicans were led by Cheick Diallo, who scored 19 points. Jrue Holiday added 14 in a losing effort for New Orleans.
The win means that the Lakers will finish with the 3rd worst record in the league, and will enter the NBA Draft Lottery with a 47% chance of keeping their top 3 protected 1st round pick. If their pick doesn’t land in the top 3, they will have to trade it to Philadelphia to fulfill the Steve Nash trade.
The Lakers finished the 1st quarter with on a 7-0 run, capped by a 24-ft three-point shot by Larry Nance Jr. That gave them a one point lead, which was extended to four points by halftime.
After Thomas Robinson made 2 of 3 free throws, the Lakers had a 16-point lead in the 3rd quarter. The Pelicans would make a run to cut the lead to 7, but by the end of the 3rd, the Lakers held a 12 point lead.
Another jumper by Nance Jr. with 5:01 left gave the Lakers a 17-point lead, and LA never looked back from there, holding on for the 12-point win.
The Lakers will play their final game of the season on Wednesday night in Golden State. The game will be fairly meaningless for both teams, as LA will finish with the 3rd worst record, and the Warriors will be resting some players after clinching the best record in the NBA.