The Los Angeles Lakers who gave the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins fits were mostly substitutes.
While the Lakers lost to the Pelicans 119-112, head coach Luke Walton might have found himself an interesting combination to use in games.
Down 93-72 with 2:37 left in the third quarter, the Lakers went on a 29-5 run largely with a group of Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle.
Ball got his first taste of the Pelicans’ monstrous front line, which had its way with the Lakers.
Ball tried going at the two at the rim at times – he was rejected by Davis with 3:16 left in regulation, and the Lakers lost their lead right after that for good.
Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers’ big signing in free agency, displayed the kind of two-way game that Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka want to see.
Down 64-42 late in the first half, Caldwell-Pope scored nine points and had a steal to get the Lakers within 11.
The Lakers turn on the heat in the fourth quarter and get their first lead of the game after Josh Hart grabs a deflected ball and lays it in.