Although Ingram and James both lifted the Lakers' offense, they also contributed to the team's 23 turnovers, which New Orleans gladly turned into points of its own.
The Lakers - seeking their first postseason berth in six years - were beaten 128-115 by the Pelicans, who rested All-Star Anthony Davis on Saturday. "It's how you approach the game every day, how you think the game every day", he told reporters. It kind of looks that way at times, that sometimes we're afraid to be uncomfortable and kind of get out of our comfort zone and kind of, you know, have that sense of urgency from the jump, and not be afraid to actually go out and fail to succeed. It's how you play the game, prepare for the game. For all their supposed fatigue coming off a setback, they sported the fresher legs - and, more importantly, the more determined spirits - from the get-go.
"Everyone's so accustomed to the losses that I'm just not accustomed to", James said after the Lakers dropped to 29-30. The Pelicans could be subject to fines of up to $100,000 per game for sitting Davis when he is completely healthy.
"If you're looking along the lines of having any significance because we're playing the Lakers that had nothing to do with it", New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said before the game.
The game against the Lakers came the night after Davis played 20 minutes in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. In lieu of being paid, the players were given equipment and furniture from the Claws' offices. I'd never get comfortable with losing. Reserve guard Ian Clark had 17 points and Elfrid Payton scored 14, one night after he scored 15 in his return from a right ankle sprain that sidelined him nine games. Cheick Diallo hit all eight of his shots en route to an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double. After a tough end to the first half of the season, the Lakers were able to get a much-needed win against a talented team in the West. "But to get a win against old teammates is always cool". It's just one of 82.
The Rockets' victory over the defending champions was accomplished without Harden, who has scored 30 or more points in 32 consecutive games, the second-longest run in National Basketball Association history.