Lakers turned the ball over 23 times and shot a poor 21% from beyond the arc
The Los Angeles Lakers (27-33) are now six games under .500 after losing its last six contests, the latest coming at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans (25-36) Sunday night at Crypto.com Arena as boos rained down from the bleachers for most of the second half.
LeBron James, who got booed by the home fans as he walked into the tunnel, ended the night with a game-high 32 points, adding six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes of play. James had his 500th career 30-point game, but went 1-of-4 from beyond the arc and shot an overall 12-of-23 from the field.
Lakers turned the ball over 23 times
As a team, Lakers had 16 turnovers by halftime to end the game with 23, and shot a poor 7-of-33 from deep. They also had 15 assists as a collective, 14 less than New Orleans.
C.J. McCollum continued his great play for the Pelicans, scoring 22 points while adding eight assists. Brandon Ingram also dished out eight dimes and added 19 points, while Jonas Valanciunas scored 19, as well, to go with 10 rebounds.
Lakers fans rain down boos after another LeTurnover.
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Six Pelicans in double-digit scoring
Herbert Jones and Jaxson Hayes each added 11 points for New Orleans, and Devonte’ Graham got 12 points off the bench. For Los Angeles, only Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony reached double-figures in scoring alongside James, with Brody adding 16 and Melo getting 13.
Lakers are on a six-game skid and will now host the surging Dallas Maverickson Tuesday. Pelicans, who started the season 1-12 but are getting hot as of late since McCollum’s arrival, will host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.