The Lakers fought all the way back from 21 down, but couldn't close the deal against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
A 40-point fourth quarter (74 in the second half) got the Lakers within three with 18.1 seconds left but a pair of Eric Gordon free throws, followed by a Kent Bazemore missed three-point attempt, was enough to stop the Lakers' two-game win streak.
The Pelicans got 28 points apiece from both Davis and Gordon, shooting 59.7% from the field. Davis also pulled in a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Lakers were led by Pau Gasol with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Gasol shot well from the field, missing as many field goals (10-15) as he did free throws (9-14).
Both teams spent a lot of time at the line, with the Pelicans hitting 33 of 40 -- the Lakers 23 of 31.
Bazemore finished with 23 points, helping the Lakers push back from their double-digit deficit. Jordan Farmar scored 20 with eight assists, starting the second half for regular starter Kendall Marshall.
Marshall dished 10 assists in 22 minutes, but didn't score.
The Lakers shot 54.1% from the field and 45.5% from three-point range. The Pelicans had a nine-rebound advantage (39-30).
With the loss, the Lakers fall to 21-40. They'll return to action on Thursday at home against the Clippers (42-20).
The Pelicans (24-37) are off until Friday, hosting the Milwaukee Bucks (12-47) in New Orleans.
After falling behind by as many as 21 to the Pelicans, the Lakers climbed back into the game in the third quarter.
A Ryan Kelly running jumper closed the gap to just six before New Orleans scored the final four in the period.
Pau Gasol led all scorers with 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Kent Bazemore scored 18 as the Lakers shot 53.2% from the field.
Jordan Farmar started the second half, in place of Kendall Marshall who came off the bench despite initially starting the game. Farmar scored 10 points with five assists in 18 minutes. Marshall had seven assists but didn't score.
Pelican 67 - Lakers 51 (halftime)
The Pelicans extended their lead in the second quarter, finishing the half up 16.
New Orleans shot 56.8% from the field with 23 rebounds and six turnovers.
The Lakers collected just 13 rebounds with 10 turnovers. Fifteen of the Lakers' 18 field goals were assisted.
Pau Gasol kept the Lakers afloat with 15 first-quarter points, but the Lakers struggled to stop the New Orleans Pelicans.
Behind Gasol, Kent Bazemore was the next highest Laker with three points.
New Orleans also held a sizable 14-5 rebounding advantage.
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