New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Game Grades and Analysis for Lakers

After putting forth a poor outing this past Friday in a 96-85 loss on the road against New Orleans, the Los Angeles Lakers (4-5) made sure that wouldn't happen twice in a matter of days, blowing out the Pelicans (3-5) at Staples Center with a 116-95 victory Tuesday night.

Jordan Hill led the Lakers with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a starting role, while Nick Young came off the bench and contributed 17 points in his own right.

After dropping a career-high 32 points on Friday against Los Angeles, Pelicans star Anthony Davis found himself in foul trouble for a majority of the game, scoring just 15 points in 26 minutes. 

The difference in shooting percentage was astronomical, as the Lakers hit a scorching 55.7 percent from the field, while New Orleans struggled in a big way, nailing just 40.5 percent. 

After allowing the Minnesota Timberwolves to put up 47 first-quarter points this past Sunday, Los Angeles tightened up its defense and held the Pelicans to just 19 points through the first 12 minutes. 

The Lakers will now travel to Denver to do battle with the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center Wednesday night, while the Pelicans will close out their three-game road trip with a game against the Utah Jazz Wednesday as well.

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