Zion scored 29 points, and Ingram added 34 units, but the winners were the Lakers 118-109 in a very entertaining game pelicans vs lakers.
The people who showed up at the Staples Center on Tuesday night knew that they should be protected and well alert, even all the rest of the players because the duel between LeBron James and Zion Williamson promised to be really explosive, in the confrontation between Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans.
The player who dominated the last decade of the NBA and the rookie that generates the most emotions crossed for the first time in his career. Two players not extremely tall (2.06 meters for James, 1.98 for Williamson according to official league numbers, although they seem to be a few centimeters less), but with spectacular power that few players in basketball history have had.
Pelicans vs Lakers: Finally, almost as the story commanded, the winning side was led by the experience of “King” James, with a win by 118-109. The 35-year-old forward had his best scoring performance of the season, with 40 points and 5-11 in triples.
Message to Williamson?
LeBron, who at the end of the game highlighted Zion as a boy with special talent that is developing in an ideal environment for him because of the Pelicans game style, he added eight rebounds and six assists to his return in a match at the He played 34 minutes.
The Lakers remain undefeated each time LeBron scores at least 30 points (18-0).
Also, James became the third Laker to have a 40-point game having at least 17 years or more of experience in the NBA, a club to which only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant belonged.
Meanwhile, Williamson did not do it wrong, either. Twenty-nine points, six rebounds, and three assists with 8-18 field against one of the best defenses in the NBA is something outstanding for a boy of just 19 years. It is true that 8-18 will be rare in the first games of a Zion that had field effectiveness close to 60%, but Howard, McGee and Davis did not make the task easy for him in the painted area.
Zion reached his ninth consecutive game with at least 20 points, the second-longest streak for a rookie since 2013.
The LeBron James Lakers are leaders of the Western Conference with 43 wins and 12 losses. And the Zion Williamson Pelicans march tenths with a 25-32 record.