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sport news King James does it again! LeBron leads the LA Lakers past the Pelicans and into ... trends now
sport news King James does it again! LeBron leads the LA Lakers past the Pelicans and into ... trends now

sport news King James does it again! LeBron leads the LA Lakers past the Pelicans and into ... trends now

The Lakers will face the Denver Nuggets in the opening round of the playoffs  New Orleans will face the winner of the Kings-Warriors game for the eighth seed DailyMail.com provides all the latest international sports news 

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - LeBron James had 23 points, nine assists and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers secured a playoff berth with a 110-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference play-in tournament on Tuesday night.

Zion Williamson had 40 points and 11 rebounds in his NBA postseason debut. But shortly after tying the game at 95 on a driving layup with 3:19 to go, Williamson went to the locker room, throwing a towel to the floor in disgust as he walked into the tunnel with an apparent injury.

Soon after, James hit a jumper, Anthony Davis dunked Austin Reaves' alley-oop lob, DeAngelo Russell hit a 3 and Davis grabbed a crucial offensive rebound, after which he hit two free throws to help the Lakers hold off New Orleans.

Davis had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Russell scored 21, hitting five times from deep.

The Lakers advance to face defending NBA champion Denver in the first round in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals, which was swept by the Nuggets. Game 1 is Saturday night.

LeBron James led the Lakers with 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists on Tuesday night

LeBron James led the Lakers with 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists on Tuesday night

Despite scoring 40 points with 11 rebounds, Zion Williamson and the Pelicans lost, 110-106

Despite scoring 40 points with 11 rebounds, Zion Williamson and the Pelicans lost, 110-106

With the Play-in win, the Lakers locked in the seventh seed and will play the Denver Nuggets

With the Play-in win, the Lakers locked in the seventh seed and will play the Denver Nuggets 

The Pelicans will take on the winner of

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