After beginning the season 0-5, Lonnie Walker IV scored 28 points, LeBron James and Anthony Davis each added 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 120-117 in overtime on Wednesday, November 2 (Thursday, November 3, Manila time) to win consecutive games.
Davis contributed 16 rebounds, while James contributed 10 rebounds and 8 assists, as the Lakers secured the victory after squandering a 16-point lead in the third quarter.
In just his sixth professional game, Lakers guard Matt Ryan broke the shot clock with a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Zion Williamson scored 27 points to help the Pelicans recover from a sluggish start in which he scored only six points at halftime. CJ McCollum tallied 22 points and eight assists for New Orleans, which ended its road trip with a 1-2 record with a victory against the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday.
McCollum missed a three-point try with 6.7 seconds remaining in overtime that would have knotted the score.
Lakers reserve Russell Westbrook contributed 13 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds.
With 2.8 seconds remaining in regulation and Los Angeles trailing 111-108, Walker missed a three-point effort that would have tied the game.
Despite missing two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining, New Orleans’ Dyson Daniels was unable to seal the victory. Ryan, who finished with 11 points, then tied the game.
The Lakers held a 60-44 advantage against the Pelicans less than a minute into the second half before the Pelicans made a comeback.
Late in the third quarter, New Orleans went on a 15-0 run to briefly grab the lead at 77-76. In the third quarter, the Pelicans outscored the Lakers 35-26 and trailed 82-79 headed into the fourth.
Troy Brown Jr. finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, while Jose Alvarado and Trey Murphy III both scored 15 points for the Pelicans. Jonas Valanciunas grabbed 10 rebounds for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Both Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) and Herbert Jones (knee) missed their fourth consecutive game for the Pelicans.