A slow start turned out to not be an issue for the World Champion Lakers. Los Angeles handed the New Orleans Pelicans their 5th straight loss Friday night, 112-95.
The Pelicans led 28-20 after one quarter, but scored only 67 points in the last three quarters.
Zion Williamson, returning after a one game absence for health protocols, led New Orleans with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Ingram had 20 points and 5 assists.
Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who scored 37 points Wednesday night, scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds. Alexander-Walker had only 8 field goal attempts in 20:10 of action.
LeBron James had 21 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds for the Lakers.
New Orleans plays at Sacramento Sunday night.