Lakers beat Pelicans as LeBron James and Zion Williamson face off
The NBA’s future and present clashed in New Orleans on Sunday as Zion Williamson’s Pelicans went head-to-head with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Just days after the Lakers defeated the Pelicans by nine points in LA, the rematch boiled down to a duel between James and Williamson, with the former just coming out on top.
The 16-time All-Star finished with a 34-point triple double to help LA to a thrilling 122-114 victory, while 19-year-old Williamson posted a career-high 35 points.
The win sees the Lakers improve to five and a half games clear on top of the Western Conference standings.
Trailing just behind LA are the Denver Nuggets, who bounced back from a 29-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with a 133-118 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Nikola Jokic was Denver’s standout performer, adding 18 rebounds and 11 assists to his 23-point haul.
OG Anunoby’s 32 points led the way for the Raptors.
Meanwhile, the Clippers continued their recent hot streak with a six-point victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Kawhi Leonard (30) and Paul George (24) combined for 54 points in the 136-130 win.
Another dominant performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks fend off a tough challenge from the Charlotte Hornets.
Antetokounmpo scored 41 points and claimed 20 rebounds as the Bucks sealed their sixth straight win 93-85.
Kristaps Porzingis put together his best performance of the season as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-91.
The Latvian added 18 from deep in a 38-point, 13-rebound effort.
The rest of the day’s action saw the Sacramento Kings overcome the Detroit Pistons 106-100, while the Washington Wizards cruised to a 124-110 win over the Golden State Warriors.