Pelicans overpower shorthanded Lakers


    BRANDON Ingram scored 36 points and Zion Williamson added 27 as the host New Orleans Pelicans routed the depleted Los Angeles Lakers 128-111 on Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila).

    Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 18 points, Kira Lewis Jr. had 16, Jaxson Hayes had 15 and Steven Adams scored 12 as the Pelicans ended a seven-game losing streak against the Lakers.

    Ingram made 14 of 21 shots, Williamson made 9 of 13, Alexander-Walker 7 of 14, Lewis 5 of 9, Hayes 4 of 6, and Adams 6 of 6 as the Pelicans shot 52.2 percent from the floor.

    New Orleans won its second straight game despite the absence of point guard Lonzo Ball (hip flexor strain) for both games.

    LA was playing its second consecutive full game without LeBron James, who suffered a high ankle sprain in a loss to Atlanta. The Lakers lost at Phoenix 111-94 the last time out.

    Former Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has missed the last month because of a calf strain and is expected to be re-evaluated Friday by the Lakers.

    Montrezl Harrell scored 18 points, Kyle Kuzma had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Markieff Morris scored 16, Dennis Schroder had 15, Wesley Matthews 14 and Alex Caruso 10 for LA which shot 42.4 percent.

    In other games, it was the Nets 116, Blazers 112; Knicks 131, Wizards 113; Nuggets 110, Magic 99; Sixers 108, Warriors 98; and Suns 110, Heat 100.

    Nets 116, Blazers 112

    James Harden scored 25 points and matched his career high of 17 assists to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a victory over the host Portland Trail Blazers.

    Jeff Green scored 20 points and Joe Harris added 17 as the Nets won for the 16th time in the past 18 games. Nicolas Claxton recorded 16 points and nine rebounds and fellow reserve Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 11 points as Brooklyn prevailed in the opener of a three-game road trip.

    The Nets were without Kyrie Irving, who is skipping the trip due to a family matter. Kevin Durant remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.