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Los Angeles Lakers score 87 in 1st half for rousing139-122 win vs Pelicans

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EXPLOSIVE FIRST HALF. The Los Angeles Lakers score 87 points in the first half, paving the way for a rousing 139-122 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, 139-122, on Friday night (Saturday, February 10, in the Philippines). LOS ANGELES LAKERS PHOTO

The Los Angeles Lakers erupted for a staggering 87 points in the first half, paving the way for a convincing 139-122 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night (Saturday, February 10, in the Philippines).

D’Angelo Russell returned from a one-game absence, pouring in 30 points, while Austin Reaves contributed 27 to lead the Lakers’ charge.

LeBron James showcased his playmaking prowess with 21 points and 14 assists, steering the Lakers to their fourth win in five games. 

Rui Hachimura chipped in with 21 points, 16 of which came in the first half, as the Lakers flaunted their offensive prowess in a dominant performance.

The Lakers set the tone with a franchise-record-tying 51-point second quarter, establishing a commanding 87-74 lead at halftime. 

All five starters contributed significantly, with Russell knocking down six 3-pointers and the team shooting an impressive 67.4% from the field, including 11 successful attempts from beyond the arc.

Russell’s return proved pivotal as the Lakers snapped the Pelicans’ four-game winning streak. 

Despite sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference standings, the Lakers opted to stand pat at the trade deadline, and Russell’s resurgence justified their decision.

While the Lakers celebrated their offensive prowess, the Pelicans struggled to contain their opponent. Zion Williamson notched 30 points and nine rebounds, and Brandon Ingram added 22, but the Pelicans couldn’t overcome the Lakers’ second-quarter onslaught.

Pelicans coach Willie Green acknowledged the lack of a physical defensive presence and the Lakers’ exceptional shooting as contributing factors to the defeat. 

Fueled by fast-paced play and ball-sharing, the Lakers’ offensive rhythm proved too much for the Pelicans to handle.

Despite hovering around .500 all season, the Lakers made no moves at the trade deadline but are actively seeking reinforcements on the buyout market. 

Spencer Dinwiddie, in attendance at the game, is a potential addition, offering perimeter shooting and ball-handling skills. 

The Lakers hope to secure the services of the well-established guard, who averaged 12.6 points and 6.0 assists in 48 starts for the Nets this season.

As the Lakers bask in their offensive showcase and seek further reinforcements, the Pelicans look to regroup after splitting their two-game series in downtown Los Angeles. 

The Lakers’ dominant performance underscores their potential, while the Pelicans aim to shore up their defensive efforts for the challenges ahead.

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