Lakers Demolish Pelicans: LeBron James Lights Up Las Vegas

The team from LA literally destroyed the Pelicans by over 40 points and made it to the finals of the in-season NBA Cup

by Sededin Dedovic
Lakers Demolish Pelicans: LeBron James Lights Up Las Vegas
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LeBron James, who has expressed his desire to own an NBA team in Las Vegas one day, experienced the thrill of playing basketball in the "sin city" first-hand as he secured the NBA Cup finals with his Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers dominated the New Orleans Pelicans, winning by a convincing 133-89 scoreline.

James, at the age of 38, turned in a phenomenal performance, scoring 30 points, dishing out 8 assists, and grabbing 5 rebounds. He achieved a utility index of 36 in less than 23 minutes of playing time, showcasing a level of play rarely seen for his age.

James single-handedly turned the tide of the game in the second quarter, scoring 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including three three-pointers. This propelled the Lakers from a deficit to a +13 lead at halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 110-71, effectively sealing the victory for Los Angeles.

Anthony Davis contributed a solid double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Austin Reeves (17 points), Tauren Prince (15 points), DiAngelo Russell (14 points), and Rui Hachimura (12 points) provided valuable support from the bench.

The Lakers were in a very good mood and motivated for the game, which could be seen from the beginning of the game. Such an approach brought them a convincing victory over their opponents.

New Orleans did not surrender easily

The Pelicans' struggle was evident as only three players managed to reach double figures: Trey Murphy III (14 points), Zion Williamson (13 points), and Herbert Jones (10 points).

Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum, two of New Orleans' key players, were limited to just nine points each. In the final, the Lakers will face Indiana, who defeated Milwaukee 128-119. The winner of the NBA Cup will receive a prize of $500,000 each.

This victory is not just a win for the Lakers, but also a personal triumph for LeBron James. Whoever wins this Cup will go down in history as the winner of the first in-season tournament in NBA history. James has the opportunity to further strengthen his status as a legend in the NBA.

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