LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alexis Ajinca and the Pelicans dominated Los Angeles in a 110-102 victory Friday night in retiring Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s final game in New Orleans.
Bryant had 14 points, had four assists and three rebounds, delighting fans who cheered his every touch of the ball. The Lakers have games in Houston and Oklahoma City before Bryant’s grand finale at home Wednesday against Utah.
Ajinca helped the Pelicans break open a game in which they were trailing late in the second quarter, setting career highs with 28 points and 15 rebounds. New Orleans shot 53 percent.
The largely pro-Bryant and Lakers crowd watched as New Orleans outrebounded Los Angeles by nine.
Toney Douglas added 20 points for New Orleans, which also got 19 from Dante Cunningham and 15 from Luke Babbitt.
D’Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 32 points, and Jordan Clarkson had 26.
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