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Pelicans sit Anthony Davis in matchup against Lakers

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Jennie Wade | 24 February, 2019, 19:55

The lowly Pelicans defeated LeBron James' Lakers in New Orleans on Saturday night (with Davis sidelined due to injury), a victory they likely savored after Los Angeles' very public failed attempt to trade for Davis prior to the February 7 deadline.

"Heck no", he said. The Pelicans could be subject to fines of up to $100,000 per game for sitting Davis when he is completely healthy.

Seemingly as a way to dance around the issue, the Pelicans have played Davis in significantly limited minutes since the deadline.

The Lakers have lost far too many of these games this season, and they have to be held accountable for that.

In order for any of those games to be meaningful, though, the Lakers need to win on Saturday.

After the meeting, Gentry said Davis was slated to start at IN on Friday night.

But Gentry confirmed on Thursday that Davis, as well as point guard Elfrid Payton, would be available for their first post-break game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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"I think we stayed consistent throughout the whole game", Holiday said. We tried to stop him as a facilitator as much as we probably could.

Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 17, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

But Davis didn't play, with the Pelicans saying he sat out due to rest after he featured against the Indiana Pacers the night before.

"My expectations, and the expectations of our fans, are that this team will compete at a high level for the remainder of the season, " said owner Gayle Benson.

LeBron James had 27 points, 12 assists and four steals, and Kyle Kuzma finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who committed 23 turnovers.

"No, that's not possible", Gentry said.

"We wanted to try to make him a scorer and he made a couple of threes and did some things". He was asked a question and he answered it, and it would be the same if anybody else in the league, if they answered that question.

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