(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers picked up perhaps their biggest
win in this dismal season last time out and will try to carry that momentum
into Tuesday's matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center.
The Lakers used an alley-oop lay-in with 6.9 seconds remaining to knock off
the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center, 107-106, on Monday night.
Kent Bazemore tried to split a pair of defenders on a breakaway and had the
ball knocked out of bounds with 7.1 seconds showing.
Replay was used to overturn the original call of Blazers ball, and Lakers
coach Mike D'Antoni drew up an inbounds play that saw Bazemore lob one for
Wesley Johnson from the sideline.
Despite LaMarcus Aldridge being draped all over him, Johnson got the go-ahead
bucket to fall, and the Lakers survived Damian Lillard's off-balanced 25-
footer at the buzzer.
"Bazemore made a great pass and Wes did a good job of executing," D'Antoni
said. "Everyone had to do their job, and we executed it pretty well."
Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks led LA with 22 and 21 points, respectively, while
Bazemore and Johnson both netted 14 in just the third back-to-back win for the
club since the beginning of January.
The Pelicans weren't so fortunate on Monday night. They fell to the Sacramento
Kings, 96-89 at Sleep Train Arena for their eighth consecutive loss and sixth
straight setback on the road.
"It's just a tough loss - another one," Pelicans coach Monty Williams told the
team's website. "We've just got to own it. We had another bad stretch that
caused us to have a bad game. We know that. Everyone in our locker room
understands it. Nobody's going to rescue us. We're not looking for anybody to
feel sorry for us."
Tyreke Evans, who spent his first four seasons in Sacramento before being
traded to New Orleans last July, totaled 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight
assists in the setback.
Brian Roberts managed 15 points, followed by 13 from Anthony Davis and 10 out
of Eric Gordon.
Tuesday marks the end of the five-game western road trip for the Pelicans.
They will play six in a row in the Big Easy, starting Friday night against the
These teams have split two meetings this season with the home team holding
serve each time. The Lakers have won 12 of the last 13 matchups and nine in a
row as the host.
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