Davis a winner on his return to New Orleans

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 29 Nov 2019

Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis shrugged off the boos that greeted his return to New Orleans yesterday, scoring 41 points to power the Lakers to a 114-110 NBA victory over the Pelicans.

"Man, it feels so good," said Davis, who finished the game by grabbing an attempted inbounds pass from New Orleans' Jrue Holiday with 4.2 seconds left and then sinking two free throws to close out the come-from-behind win.

The Lakers had trailed by as many as 16 points early in the third quarter but opened the fourth with nine unanswered points as they cut the deficit to one.

Kyle Kuzma's three-pointer knotted the score at 91-91, but the Pelicans pushed their lead back to four points before Davis returned from treatment on his right elbow and scored on a dunk off a pass from LeBron James. The Lakers took the lead for good when Kuzma hit a three-pointer to make it 111-109 with one minute, seven seconds to play.

"We showed our resiliency and we were able to get the win," said Davis, who was booed by Pelicans fans in the opening introductions and every time he touched the ball thereafter.

Davis, who had been booed by Pelicans fans last year when he tried to engineer a trade from the club, said he was ready for the reaction.

But despite the tension, the Lakers won their ninth straight and improved their league-leading record to 16-2.

Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, didn't make the scheduled rematch in Boston with his former team.

Boston guard Kemba Walker starred in the Celtics' 121-110 win over the Nets.

The game would have been Irving's first in Boston since he departed the Celtics as a free agent, but he missed a seventh straight game due to a shoulder injury.

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