Luckily for the Lakers Davis returned with 7:41 left, but with a big job done for him as the Lakers rallied from double-digits to take the lead in the fourth quarter.
Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) sit ahead of the 34-year-old now in the all-time list.
Davis admittedly felt some mixed emotions in his return to the Smoothie King Center for the first time in the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season. 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.
Davis missed his first shot and three of his first four to the delight of the crowd, but still scored 27 points by halftime.
As you can see from the videos below, Davis was immediately met with boos every time he stepped on the court or touched the ball.
With 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, James drained a three-pointer over Pelicans rookie Jaxson Hayes to score his 23rd point of the night and pass 33,000 career points.
Redick scored eight points in the fourth quarter as New Orleans took a one-point lead with two minutes left. Never led by more than six.
James had 15 points in the final period, while Kyle Kuzma also added nine of his 16 points to help the Lakers erase a 10-point deficit.
He was right - the call stood, and Ingram got to shoot a pair of free throws.
They recorded 20 turnovers on the night, which the Lakers turned into 19 points.
The theme of Davis scoring prolifically while the Lakers struggled to keep pace with the Pelicans continued well into the second half.
Holiday had 29 points and 12 assists, and Ingram had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost their third-straight game.