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NBA 2K23 Summer League: Swider leads Lakers past Pelicans

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Game Recap: Cole Swider knocks down five 3-pointers and finishes with 21 points within the Lakers’ victory.

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An efficient all-around shooting performance spearheaded by Cole Swider’s team-high 21 points in 23 minutes helped the Los Angeles Lakers overcome an early deficit and notch a 102-94 win over the Latest Orleans Pelicans within the NBA 2K23 Summer League on Friday night at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The Pelicans were the warmer team to open the sport, forging a 27-19 lead through the primary 10 minutes. Nevertheless, the Lakers roared back within the second quarter to take control, outscoring Latest Orleans by a 33-17 margin after which tacked on one other three points to their advantage heading into the ultimate period. The Pelicans would get as close as seven points early within the fourth quarter, but Los Angeles was ultimately capable of notch a reasonably comfortable victory. The Lakers shot 46.3 percent, including 47.2 percent from 3-point range.

Swider complemented his scoring tally with six rebounds and a steal. Javante McCoy supplied 14 points, seven assists, 4 rebounds and one block. Max Christie registered 12 points, 4 boards and two assists. Scotty Pippen, Jr. delivered 11 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals. Mason Jones matched Pippen’s scoring and added 4 assists and two rebounds.

Jared Harper paced the Pelicans with 20 points, supplementing them with 4 assists, two blocks and one steal. Deividas Sirvydis totaled 17 points and eight boards in 27 minutes off the bench. John Petty Jr. furnished 16 points with six rebounds and 6 assists, while Tyrique Jones generated an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double that included 4 assists, one steal and one block.

The Lakers return to motion in a tournament matchup Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks, while the Pelicans face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

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