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Davis’ 41 points lead Lakers past Pelicans, 114-110

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis shrugged off a constant cascade of boos and reminded a packed crowd exactly what it lost when the six-time All-Star’s trade request was finally fulfilled.

Davis capped a 41-point performance in his return to New Orleans by intercepting Jrue Holiday’s inbounds pass with 5 seconds left and making a pair of game-sealing free throws, and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to nine with a 114-110 victory over the Pelicans on Wednesday night.

“Obviously, the emotions was high,” Davis said. “I think this game was circled on both calendars. And they came out guns blazing and we were able to come out with the win.”

An energetic crowd booed Davis during introductions and virtually every time he handled the ball, only to see him and new teammate LeBron James take over in the fourth quarter.

James had 29 points and 11 assists, scoring 15 points in the final period, when Kyle Kuzma added nine of his 16 points to help the Lakers erase a 10-point deficit.

“My teammates kept telling me, ‘AD, don’t worry about it. We’re going to get this win. We’ll find a way to win it for you,’” said Davis, who spent his first seven years in New Orleans.

Kuzma gave the Lakers the lead for good when he hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:07 to go, making it 111-109.

New Orleans trimmed it to 111-110 when Josh Hart hit one of two free throws, and after a turnover by James as he was swarmed in the paint, JJ Redick’s open 3 for the lead rimmed out. The Pelicans were forced to foul Davis, who missed one of two free throws, giving the Pelicans 5 seconds to run a play for the tie or lead. But that’s when Davis sealed it, stepping in front of Brandon Ingram for his third steal.

“We were going to try to run JJ off a screen and back off,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “If not, we were going to try to get the ball to Brandon to try and dribble and create something. AD just made a great defensive play.”

Holiday had 29 points and 12 assists, and Ingram had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who have lost three straight.

“It was a great atmosphere. I thought the energy was our way,” Holiday said. “Toward the end of the game we had some execution issues, but we still gave ourselves a chance.”

After trailing by 16 in the third quarter, the Lakers seized momentum with a 9-0 run to open the fourth, trimming New Orleans’ lead to 89-88. Los Angeles tied the game at 91 on Kuzma’s third 3.

New Orleans briefly went back up by four before Davis, who’d received treatment after banging his right elbow at the end of the third quarter, returned to the game and threw down an alley-oop feed from James.

“Any time you go back to a place where you’ve made a mark, where you started your career ... and gave a lot to the community and the franchise, you want to come back and play well and win,” James said. “We knew that as his brothers and we wanted to try and fulfill that goal.”

The Lakers took their first lead since the opening five minutes of the game when James hit a jumper over Ingram, pulling up as the Pelicans forward glanced over his shoulder to see if a screen was being set.

“It’s just winning time for me,” James said. “Fourth quarter, no matter how much of a deficit we’re in, or however the game is going, I believe once I start the fourth I can make a push and see what happens.”

Davis missed his first shot and three of his first four to the delight of the crowd, but still scored 27 points by halftime on his way to the most points by a player in his first game against his former team, according to Elias.

“It was a tough environment. Every time he touched the basketball, he was going against a guy - a bunch of guys - that know him, playing against a coach that knows him,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “He put all that stuff aside. Blocked out the noise and rose to the challenge.”

Davis executed about every move New Orleans fans knew and loved when he wore the No. 23 in blue, red and gold, from soaring alley-oop dunks to turnaround baseline fades. Only this time, he wore a gold jersey with a purple No. 3, and it was his misses that drew roars from the crowd.

The Pelicans appeared buoyed by the partisan energy permeating the arena, going up 38-25 on Holiday’s step-back 3 as the first quarter expired.

New Orleans led 64-54 at halftime, thanks in large part to Holiday’s 10-of-15 shooting to that point, including his 4-of-4 mark from 3-point range. And the Pelicans maintained a double-digit lead until early in the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Shot 8 of 24 from 3-point range and missed seven of 25 free throws. ... Scored 62 points in the paint. ... Dwight Howard had nine points on four dunks and a free throw.

Pelicans: Turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 19 Lakers points. ... Shot 17 of 40 (42.5%) from 3-point range. ... Redick made five 3s and finished with 18 points. ... Kenrich Williams scored 11 points.

CATCHING UP

Before Davis changed out of his uniform, he went to the Pelicans locker room to give Holiday a signed jersey and wound up lingering a bit to catch up with old teammates and coaches.

“We’ve got a bond off the floor that will continue no matter the circumstances. It was a fun night,” Davis said. “Everybody thinks I’ve got a vendetta against New Orleans or something like that. ... I have no ill will toward anybody. I’m in a happy place. They’re in a happy place. And we’re just here to play basketball.”

UP NEXT

Lakers: Begin a two-game homestand against Washington on Friday night.

Pelicans: Visit Oklahoma City on Friday night in the first of a home-and-home with the Thunder, with the second leg on Sunday.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
B. Ingram
14 SF
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
26.1 Pts. Per Game 26.1
4.2 Ast. Per Game 4.2
7.2 Reb. Per Game 7.2
49.6 Field Goal % 48.1
49.0 Three Point % 49.2
67.6 Free Throw % 81.0
  NO team rebound 0:01
  Brandon Ingram missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
+ 1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:04
+ 1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 0:04
  Personal foul on Brandon Ingram 0:04
  Bad pass turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Anthony Davis 0:04
+ 1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
  LAL team rebound 0:05
  Anthony Davis missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Kenrich Williams 0:05
  Personal foul on Josh Hart 0:06
Team Stats
Points 114 110
Field Goals 44-85 (51.8%) 34-84 (40.5%)
3-Pointers 8-24 (33.3%) 17-40 (42.5%)
Free Throws 18-25 (72.0%) 25-30 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 48 55
Offensive 7 13
Defensive 30 29
Team 11 13
Assists 25 20
Steals 9 7
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 15 19
Fouls 24 23
Technicals 0 1
29 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST
29 PTS, 6 REB, 12 AST
1234T
away team logo Lakers 16-2 25292535114
home team logo Pelicans 6-12 38262521110
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 16-2 114.5 PPG 45.2 RPG 26.7 APG
home team logo Pelicans 6-12 112.8 PPG 44.3 RPG 24.5 APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF 27.7 PPG 9.0 RPG 3.3 APG 50.7 FG%
J. Holiday PG 19.3 PPG 5.0 RPG 6.6 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 41 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
J. Holiday PG 29 PTS 6 REB 12 AST
51.8 FG% 40.5
33.3 3PT FG% 42.5
72.0 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 41 9 1 15/30 1/4 10/12 3 37 3 1 2 3 6 -6 54
L. James 29 5 11 10/18 2/6 7/11 2 37 2 1 5 2 3 +3 54
K. Caldwell-Pope 5 1 2 2/8 1/5 0/0 2 28 0 1 0 0 1 -11 11
J. McGee 4 7 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 12 1 0 1 1 6 -6 11
D. Green 4 0 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 3 20 1 1 2 0 0 -8 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 41 9 1 15/30 1/4 10/12 3 37 3 1 2 3 6 -6 54
L. James 29 5 11 10/18 2/6 7/11 2 37 2 1 5 2 3 +3 54
K. Caldwell-Pope 5 1 2 2/8 1/5 0/0 2 28 0 1 0 0 1 -11 11
J. McGee 4 7 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 12 1 0 1 1 6 -6 11
D. Green 4 0 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 3 20 1 1 2 0 0 -8 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Kuzma 16 5 2 6/8 4/4 0/0 5 24 0 0 3 0 5 +8 22
D. Howard 9 7 0 4/5 0/0 1/2 4 23 0 1 0 1 6 +9 17
T. Daniels 4 0 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 +8 4
A. Caruso 2 1 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 25 1 1 0 0 1 +23 9
R. Rondo 0 2 7 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 18 1 0 2 0 2 0 15
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Antetokounmpo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Horton-Tucker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Norvell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 114 37 25 44/85 8/24 18/25 24 235 9 6 15 7 30 +20 201
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 29 6 12 12/23 4/6 1/1 3 40 3 0 7 2 4 +7 55
B. Ingram 23 10 1 4/21 2/11 13/13 2 40 0 2 3 0 10 -5 34
J. Redick 18 4 2 5/12 5/8 3/4 0 35 1 0 0 0 4 +8 27
K. Williams 11 7 1 4/7 3/6 0/2 4 33 1 0 2 2 5 +17 19
J. Hayes 7 4 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 5 21 1 1 3 3 1 +5 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 29 6 12 12/23 4/6 1/1 3 40 3 0 7 2 4 +7 55
B. Ingram 23 10 1 4/21 2/11 13/13 2 40 0 2 3 0 10 -5 34
J. Redick 18 4 2 5/12 5/8 3/4 0 35 1 0 0 0 4 +8 27
K. Williams 11 7 1 4/7 3/6 0/2 4 33 1 0 2 2 5 +17 19
J. Hayes 7 4 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 5 21 1 1 3 3 1 +5 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Hart 9 5 1 2/6 2/6 3/4 2 25 0 0 1 3 2 -24 15
J. Okafor 6 2 0 2/4 0/1 2/2 4 15 0 0 2 2 0 +7 6
E. Moore 4 3 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 0 3 -12 10
F. Jackson 3 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 -11 3
N. Melli 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 9 1 1 0 1 0 -12 3
D. Favors - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Cheatham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Alexander-Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Williamson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 42 20 34/84 17/40 25/30 23 237 7 4 19 13 29 -20 184