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Los Angeles Lakers top Pelicans in rematch

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, left, awkwardly passes the ball behind him as Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill, AP / AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, left, awkwardly passes the ball behind him as Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill, AP / AP)

Los Angeles, Calif. - Pelicans coach Monty Williams is always looking for "teaching moments" where he can help the youngest team in the NBA grow mentally as well as physically. Tuesday night's dismal rematch with the LA Lakers at the Staples Center will provide him with plenty of material.

The Lakers outplayed the Pelicans in every facet of the game, outshooting the Pelicans 55.7% to 40.5%, outscoring them 116 to 95.

"We just didn't execute our game plan,'' Williams said. "We're a young team, and I thought we let our offense again effect our defense. It was just too easy for them. They were scoring in seven or eight seconds. We just didn't play with the amount of force that it takes to get a win on the road especially."

New Orleans seemed a step behind from the beginning of the game, as the Lakers jumped out to an early lead that they capitalized on in the second quarter. The Lakers used a 22-5 run over the course of the first 8:21 of the second period to build a lead that swelled all the way up to 20 points.

"We've been up and down," Williams said. "We played some games like world beaters, and then we play games like tonight. That's just part of bringing in this many new guys together. I have to find groups that are going to play well together. We've just been up and down, inconsistent.''

Nothing seemed to go right for the Pelicans, as starting forward Anthony Davis got into early foul trouble and backup center Greg Stiemsma left the game before halftime with what x-rays show is a sprained knee. New Orleans trainers need to see an MRI to determine if the damage goes beyond a sprain.

Heading into halftime, the Pelicans 39 first half points were an opponent season-low for the Lakers. New Orleans committed eight first half turnovers that led to 11 Laker points, and they shot a surprising 0-5 from the 3 point line. The Pelicans came into the matchup leading the league in 3 point completion percentage.

During the break, assistant coach Dave Hanners encouraged the New Orleans squad to match the Lakers energy and intensity, but it was a challenge the Pelicans couldn't rally to meet.

After trailing by 24 entering the third quarter, the Pelicans used an 11-3 run from 10:08 of the fourth quarter until a timeout at 8:10 to cut the lead to 15, the smallest the lead had been since the first half. However the Lakers then used an 8-0 run to bring the lead back to 23.

The Pelicans most efficient performance came from guard Eric Gordon who shot 5-13 and accounted for 17 points. Davis ended the night with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

In Stiemsma's absence, rookie Jeff Withey saw significant action, playing 18 minutes and accounting for 9 points and 5 rebounds. New Orleans didn't even have time to put Lou Amundson's name on the back of his jersey before sending him into battle. New Orleans' front office signed Amundson and Josh Childress just in time for them to arrive in LA for Tuesday morning's shoot around. Amundson, who spent time as a Hornet last season, knew the team well enough to log 8:24 and contribute 3 rebounds and 3 points.

New Orleans gets another chance to return to its winning ways on the last stop of this road trip Wednesday night when they take on the Utah Jazz.

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