In what was essentially a match to win given the caliber of their opponents to come, the Los Angeles Lakers looked much better against the New Orleans Pelicans, despite the presence of Anthony Davis after missing the last game against LA and Julius Randle doing everything. he could show his former audience what he's missing in this season.
While the match was probably much tighter than everyone would have liked, the Lakers took care of the business by winning 125-119.
Brandon Ingram continued his brilliant game against a New Orleans team that does not really have a wing to protect it steadily and finished with 23 points. His 6 rebounds were also decisive given Luke Walton's starting lineup. He also beat probably the biggest hits of the game (not to mention the three crazy on half-legs of LeBron James to close the game at the last minute).
James had his own game, finishing with 33 points, 10 assists and 6 tables.
Walton started Rajon Rondo in place of JaVale McGee, and Rondo rewarded him for the decision taken to 11 points, 16 assists and 7 rebounds, but remains a defensive liability. We are supposed to have the medical staff provide us with an update on the Lonzo balloon Thursday after reassessing it. It goes without saying that the Lakers desperately need him for this ultimate thrust in the playoffs, although Rondo played his best game of the week.
Kyle Kuzma also encouraged Ingram and himself to stand out as the matches grew in importance, scoring 22 points and 5 points to him. This has been said a few times during this sequence, but it really corresponds to what fans could expect from Kuzma and Ingram in the most intense moments as the season progresses.
As Wolves, Kings and Clippers have all lost their match tonight, this Lakers win is even more important. Welcome to a playoff race, where the building's dashboard that the Lakers play is not the only one watching. For the first time since the break of the stars, they all achieved good results.
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