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Lakers can't put Pelicans away after rallying 22 points down

Lakers can't put Pelicans away after rallying 22 points down

Luke Walton looked up and down his bench hoping some inspiration would strike him for what group could change things for the Lakers.

They trailed the New Orleans Pelicans by anywhere from 16 to 21 points in the third quarter Sunday at Staples Center. His team wasn’t able to make more than minor dents in the Pelicans’ lead; they lacked energy and they lacked defense.

The unit that worked entered the game one at a time, not all at once, and fell into place like a secret combination that opens a locker.

Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson unlocked the togetherness and effort Walton sought. They took the Lakers from a 21-point deficit...

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