While the Buss family drama unfolds like a Shakespearean play, the final curtain on the Lakers season can’t come soon enough.
Sunday night at the Staples Center, the Pelicans handed Luke Walton’s young and restless line-up a 105-97 defeat, for their seventh straight loss.
And the same shortcomings that appear on every report card are the team’s inability to put together 4 quarters of cohesive basketball.
LA led at halftime 59-55, overcame a ten-point deficit, and tied the score with 1:55 left in the game. But it’s tough to beat a team, even one shooting 40.4%, when you counter with 25 turnovers.
After D’Angelo Russell drained back to back 3’s to cut the lead 97-96, Julius Randle made one of two free throws to get even. But their short-lived dreams of ending their losing streak were put rest when Pelican point guard Jrue Holiday launched one from behind the arc for a 102-97 lead they never relinquished.
New Orleans Anthony Davis and his new partner in crime, DeMarcus Cousins did some damage with a combined 57 points and 24 rebounds – showing how prolific a duo they can be as Cousins gets comfortable in his new digs.
Nick Young led the Laker pack with 19 points, Julius Randle hauled in 12 boards, while D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram raked in 16 points apiece.
Tomorrow, the Lakers head to the Lone Star state to take on the Mavericks, who are boasting a modest 2 game winning streak. The last time LA faced a team from Texas they were blown out by the Rockets 134-95.
The one positive to all of these Laker losses is the first round pick they could gain. And as for the feud between Jeannie and her two brothers from the same mother? Maybe it’ll morph into a Lifetime TV movie.