Lakers in Turmoil: LeBron’s 34 Points Not Enough as Team Suffers 7th Loss in Recent 9 Games

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Lakers’ Struggles Continue Despite LeBron’s Efforts

Lakers' LeBron James scores a futile 34 points as the team suffers 7 losses in their last 9 games.

The Los Angeles Lakers, a powerhouse in the NBA’s Western Conference, faced a challenging game against the New Orleans Pelicans on the 1st. Despite superstar LeBron James scoring 34 points, along with 5 rebounds and 8 assists, the Lakers fell short. The Pelicans, riding high on their home court advantage, unleashed a barrage of three-pointers, hitting 17 out of 34 attempts, which overwhelmed the Lakers. The Pelicans secured a commanding 129-109 victory, adding to the Lakers’ recent woes of losing 7 out of their last 9 games.

Pelicans Dominate with Exceptional Shooting

The Lakers’ performance has been inconsistent since winning the inaugural “Midseason Championship.” In their past eight games, they managed only two wins. In this encounter, Pelicans’ guard CJ McCollum opened the first quarter with a spectacular display, scoring 15 points from five three-pointers alone. Coupled with the efforts of key forwards Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans led by as much as 19 points in the first half.

Pelicans’ Team Effort Overshadows Lakers

Despite the Lakers’ attempts to catch up in the second half, powered by LeBron’s scoring, the Pelicans’ impressive 50% three-point shooting proved too much. Ingram contributed 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks, while Williamson matched with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 blocks. McCollum also added 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists. Their combined efforts led the Pelicans to a 20-point victory over the Lakers. Notably, this was Williamson’s first career win against LeBron James.

Lakers’ Waning Fortunes and Standings

For the Lakers, LeBron James led the scoring with 34 points, supplemented by 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Anthony Davis added 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. However, this defeat by the Pelicans marks the Lakers’ 7th loss in their last 9 games. Currently, with a record of 17 wins and 17 losses, the Lakers are ranked 9th in the Western Conference. The Pelicans, with a record of 19 wins and 14 losses, hold the 7th position in the Western Conference standings.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) goes to the basket over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Jarred Vanderbilt (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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