Published: Fri, November 29, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

LeBron James expresses frustration with referee's call during review

LeBron James expresses frustration with referee's call during review

While Davis was the story in this game, James picked up another piece of history, becoming the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to reach 33,000 points and just the fourth player ever to reach the mark. From the moment Davis hit the floor in warm-ups, the boos came crashing down on the former Pelicans forward, the franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks, field goals made and more.

Kyle Kuzma was right there with James down the stretch, scoring nine of his 16 points in the fourth, including a clutch three-pointer with 1:07 remaining, his fourth on the night, to give the Lakers the lead for good at 111-109.

LeBron James wanted to vent after the Lakers lost a coach's challenge of a foul call late in their game Wednesday night, so he went to a few familar faces.

James reached the milestone in the Los Angeles Lakers' clash away to the New Orleans Pelicans.

A packed-in and energetic crowd booed Davis during introductions and virtually every time he handled the ball, only to see him and James take over the fourth quarter.

Davis' 41 is the most points ever scored by a player in their first game against their former team, eclipsing Kevin Durant's 39 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016.

James finished with 29 points and 11 assists as the Lakers improved to an NBA-best 16-2. When he hit a three later in the half, he pressed his thumb and forefinger together and extended the other three fingers as he ran back on defence. Only this time, he wore a gold jersey with a purple No 3, and it was his misses that drew triumphant roars from the crowd.

The Pelicans appeared buoyed by the partisan energy permeating the arena, going up 38-25 on Holiday's step-back 3 as the first quarter expired. Through four quarters, the Pelicans shot a ridiculous 42.5% from 3-point range.

There's no question that there will be plenty of salty Pelicans fans angrily writing frustrated messages from their phones.

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