Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Live Score and Analysis

Anthony Davis recorded career-highs in points (32) and blocks (six) while also grabbing 12 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Lakers with a 96-85 win on Friday night.

The Pelicans outscored the Lakers 27-19 in the fourth quarter and took advantage of some late Los Angeles turnovers to secure the win.

New Orleans only shot 43.7 percent from the floor, but it took care of the basketball, turning the ball over a slim eight times.

LA hit on only 38.8 percent of its shots and converted on a mere 65.4 percent of its free-throw attempts.

Let's break down what happened in this one.


Anthony Davis Dominated Pau Gasol

To be perfectly honest, saying Davis "dominated" Pau Gasol is probably being kind.

Davis was all over Gasol underneath the basket, with all six of his blocks coming on shot attempts from the Spaniard. He held Gasol to nine points off 3-of-12 shooting and outplayed in every facet of the game.

Not only did Davis make life miserable for Gasol by swatting his shots, but he also continuously pulled him away from the basket on the other end and drained jumpers right in his grill.

Davis ran the floor like a gazelle, consistently beating the Lakers down the floor in transition and getting easy buckets at the rim. He also made it nearly impossible for Los Angeles to get shots at the cup.

This may have been the best game of Davis' young career.


Lakers Settled too Much

Yes, Davis served as a stout rim protector tonight, but that's no excuse for the Lakers' poor shot selection, specifically down the stretch.

LA played a lot of one-on-one offense in the second half, settling for jumpers that clanked off the rim more often than not. Was that likely a product of the Lakers playing on back-to-back nights? Sure, but in that case, take...

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