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Kobe Bryant returned to the line-up for the Lakers after missing the last 2 games but it wasn’t enough to overtake Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans who went on to win Wednesday night by the score of 96-80.
Bryant looked refreshed, even looking like a young Kobe with a drive and dunk in the 3rd quarter.
The result of that dunk might be what caused soreness in Kobe’s shoulder which relegated him to using his off left hand the rest of the game and ultimately calling it a night early.
“just came out of joint a little bit.” Bryant said about the aftermath of the dunk. “I felt fine when I went up and didn’t feel too good when I came down,”
When Bryant was asked about what he would anticipate needing to recover he stated he’d need “ice and a little bit of therapy.”
Unfortunately for the Lakers, Anthony Davis of the Pelicans also returned to action after his 3 game hiatus and was spectacular. Davis scored a team high 29 points on an efficient 11 for 18 from the field and added 4 blocks.
Jordan Hill was the Lakers’ leading scorer and rebounder on the night, finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds for his team leading 15th double-double of the season.
The Lakers were in the game all the way through the end of the 3rd quarter with them only down 1 to the Pelicans. However, the Pelicans pulled away early in the 4th by scoring the first 9 points and then out scoring the Lakers 27-12 to take the win.
The loss drops the Lakers record to 12-31 which keeps them in the 14th spot in the Western Conference and 26th in the NBA.
The Lakers next game will be against the Spurs in San Antonio on Friday.