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The Pelicans took the court amid questions of how many minutes a young star would play. By halftime, it was clear the closing minutes would not matter.

New Orleans trailed by as many as 41 amid sloppy play and an offensive explosion by the Los Angeles Clippers, eventually dropping their second consecutive game of the restart 126-103.

The tone was set early with Clippers star Paul George hitting a trio of 3-pointers in the opening minutes and sending the Pelicans down double-digits. A clearly upset Alvin Gentry called his first timeout just 2:12 into the game.

"Obviously they're a great 3-point shooting team ... but that wasn't what made me upset," the Pelicans' head coach said during an on-court interview before the second quarter. "What made me upset is we turned the ball over seven times."

The Clippers rained 3-pointers in the first half and the sluggish Pelicans handed over opportunities nearly as quickly. As Los Angeles drained 9 of 13 shots from beyond the arc in the first quarter, the Pelicans logged seven turnovers and trailed by 12.

The hammer only came down harder in the second quarter, with the Clippers dropping in another four 3-pointers and the Pelicans handing over five more turnovers. A defeated-looking Pelicans squad walked off after the second quarter trailing by 32 — the largest halftime deficit in franchise history.

The Clippers' 16 total 3-pointers was one shy of the NBA record for a half.

New Orleans came out fighting in the second half, hitting its first two shots from the field as the Clippers' offensive production slowed. But it was too steep a hill to climb and New Orleans never pulled the deficit and closer than 20.

Pelicans star Brandon Ingram simmered down from Thursday's 23-point showing against the Utah Jazz with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting against the Clippers, but the 23-year-old's frustration boiled over in the third quarter when he tossed the ball at a referee after a moving screen violation was called on Derrick Favors, resulting in a technical foul and Josh Hart holding Ingram back.

JJ Redick logged 11 points, while Williamson notched just seven in 14 minutes played. Lonzo Ball hit his first two shots after a 2-for-6 performance against the Clippers, but didn't make another basket over his 23 minutes while logging three assists. Jrue Holiday notched four points and five assists.

But it was George again in the third quarter that pulled all hope away from the Pelicans, hitting 4-of-5 deep attempts to bring his line to 8-for-11 before he sat for the remainder of the game with a game-high 28 points.

None of the Pelicans starters returned to the floor for the fourth quarter with Gentry turning to his bench facing a 37-point deficit. The closing unit of Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Frank Jackson, Kenrich Williams, Nicolo Melli and Jaxson Hayes trimmed the deficit to 21.

Jackson logged 11 points and Alexander-Walker 15 in mop-up duty to bring the final result appear much closer than it actually was.

The Clippers set a new franchise record with 25 made 3-pointers on 47 attempts, two shy of the NBA record. The Pelicans' biggest loss in franchise history came earlier this season with a 46-point defeat to the Dallas Mavericks.