In his past 30 games, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 46.1 percent from 3. The league’s leader in 3-point percentage over the entire season is Indiana’s Darren Collison at 44.8 percent.Thursday marked the third time in his career that Caldwell-Pope buried eight 3s, including on Feb. 24, when he shot 8-of-14 in a win at Sacramento.Caldwell-Pope is shooting a career-high 39.6 percent from 3, up from his career average of 34.6 percent. He shot 35 percent from 3 last season with Detroit and said he is better this year because he is able to get “more repetition.”Too much to RandleBefore Thursday’s game got away from the Lakers in the final minutes, Julius Randle put together a sequence that perfectly embodies his on-court identity.It started with 4:47 left in the first quarter, when Randle blocked veteran Emeka Okafor’s dunk attempt, corralled the rebound and began pushing the ball the other way. In the open court, he crossed over Ian Clark, then blew by Jrue Holiday. By the time Randle got to the rim, Pelicans’ forward Nikola Mirotic didn’t even bother to contest the shot, and Randle dunked the ball with two hands.All of those elements transpired in less than five seconds.It was an exciting play, in one easily shareable video clip.“It shows what I keep telling him,” Coach Luke Walton said. “’You can be one of the best players in this league.’ … What he’s already grown into as a player, he’s still very young, it’s very impressive and the sky is the limit for him.”Randle finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.He will be a restricted free agent this summer, although the Lakers can match any offer another team makes. He said Walton has been telling him he can be among the league’s best players “all this year.” And while his do-it-all series of plays was a distant memory by the time the Lakers had blown an 11-point lead to lose their fourth consecutive game, Randle was grateful for the vote of confidence from Walton.“I always take everything Coach says with honor and try not to let him down,” he said. “With me, I guess it shows both parts of my game that I try to take pride in. Defensive end and being able to push it and make a play for myself or others down the court.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MEMPHIS – In the heat check world of the NBA’s most potent 3-point shooters, nothing gets the mercury rising faster than seeing the first shot from deep slice through the net.“I mean, some nights I know,” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said after making eight 3-pointers Thursday against New Orleans. “Some nights it’s just the flow of the game. I took my first two shots (and they) went in. I took the third, went in.”Caldwell-Pope’s first 3 went in 78 seconds into the Lakers 128-125 loss to the Pelicans. In less than two minutes, he made two more, on his way to a blistering 8-for-11 night from beyond the arc and a team-high 28 points.“I just took what the game gave me,” Caldwell-Pope said. “On their defensive breakdowns, I was open so I just let it fly.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHis big game came as Lonzo Ball endured an agonizing 1-for-12 night from 3-point range. According to basketball-reference.com, Ball became just the ninth player since 1983-84 to make just one 3-pointer on 12 or more attempts.Fortunately for the Lakers, Caldwell-Pope was there to balance things out, helping the Lakers shoot a 43.6 percent from 3 as a team.The veteran swingman in his fifth NBA season was signed for $18 million last summer on a one-year, make-good deal. It was seen at the time as a win-win, with the Lakers overpaying for the “3-and-D” wing player on a team-friendly contract.On the day he was introduced in L.A., General Manager Rob Pelinka likened landing the swingman to the “time when the Israelites were wandering in the desert and all of a sudden bread came down from heaven.” For much of the season, Caldwell-Pope failed to meet the hefty expectations of both his contract and, inevitably, the biblical comparison.But since his release from a detention center in mid-January, a 25-day sentence imposed by a Michigan judge after Caldwell-Pope violated the terms of his probation, the 25-year-old has been among the Lakers’ most consistent players.