LeBron James, who touched the triple-double, came to the rescue of some Los angeles lakers who remain at the top of the NBA, after today overcome with problems a tough New Orleans Pelicans (112-95) with Zion Williamson in front.
Despite the bulky score, the Angelenos only managed to control the duel in the final part, thus adding their fifth consecutive victory, and lead the Western Conference with ease with 11 games won and 3 lost, which is the best brand of the NBA.
James shone with 21 points (6 of 11 shooting), 8 rebounds and 11 assists and was in charge of sustaining the Lakers when they went through the worst.
Anthony Davis contributed 17 points but did not have his night going to the rim (5 of 16), something that two supporting actors of the purple and gold, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, more than compensated, with 16 points per head.
Marc Gasol he had 5 points (2 of 4 shooting), 2 rebounds, an assist and a block in 20 minutes.
On the part of the Pelicans, who sank in the last quarter after a very serious game against the current NBA champions, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram stood out, with 21 and 20 points, respectively.
Those of New Orleans could not count on Lonzo Ball due to injury and continue in the last places of the Western Conference with 4 wins and 7 losses.
The duel did not begin in a placid way for the Lakers, very confused in attack and who saw how a former player of theirs, Brandon Ingram, came out ready to eat the court. The forward scored 8 points in the first quarter to give the visitors a comfortable lead (20-28).
While the Lakers continued to seek his aim (29% of shots in the first quarter), Ingram continued to do his thing and also received the support of a Williamson with plenty of power in the zone to encourage the hopes of the Pelicans (30-45 at the equator of the second quarter).
Without solutions in attack, those in purple and gold threw experience and clung to the match forcing fouls and going to free throws, where Davis led his team to a 57-58 that sounded like a blessing for the Lakers, after a weak first half.
After passing through the locker room, the Lakers timidly began to work better on the offensive part, but Ingram did not stop hitting (67-70 in the middle of the third quarter).
However, the Pelicans suddenly disappeared. A great 15-0 run, including a tremendous dunk from James, catapulted some Lakers who were finally comfortable after many doubts during the game (84-74).
The positive inertia of the locals continued in the last twelve minutes with James as the conductor.
And despite Williamson’s latest outbursts of rebellion, a triple by James with 5 minutes to go (103-83) led the Lakers into wide safety territory on the scoreboard, much more comfortable than the rest of the game had indicated.