WATCH: Russell, Clarkson carry Lakers in loss against Pelicans

It’s safe to say the future of the LA Lakers lies in their young backcourt.

The one-two punch of D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson carried the Lakers during yesterday’s 110-102 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

With Kobe Bryant limited to 14 points on 15 shots, Russell and Clarkson combined for 58 of their team’s output versus a banged-up Pelicans team.

Russell led the way with 32 points on a 9-of-16 shooting clip, and an 11-of-13 mark from the foul line. He also added two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes of action.

Clarkson on the other hand produced 26 markers on 10-of-15 shooting. He hit 5-of-8 triples and added three boards and a swipe.

Besides that trio, no other Laker finished in double-figures, scoring-wise.

After a 27-24 first period, the Lakers managed just 40 points combined in the middle two periods, while the Pelicans found their groove and dropped 64 markers in that same span. Only a late garbage-time run by the visiting LA squad made the final score more respectable.

Alexis Ajinca dominated the Lakers bigs with a 28-15 outing. Toney Douglas added 20 points, six boards and four dimes, while Dante Cunningham scored 19 on a 7-of-11 shooting night.

The Lakers currently have the second-worst record in the NBA at 16-63, surpassed only by the 10-69 Philadelphia 76ers. That’s important because if their first-round picks is not a top-three selection, that same Philly team will snatch it up.

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