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    LeBron James and Anthony Davis put on a show, but Lakers get victory over Pelicans with defense

    When Paul George and LeBron James played against the Lakers last year, Staples Center, ever conscious of the NBA’s narratives, cheered them like they were members of the home team. The fans hoped they both would be soon. On Friday, when Anthony Davis’ name was called during player introductions, Davis too was cheered by an ever-optimistic crowd, not deterred by the New Orleans Pelicans’ forceful insistence they will not trade him. The Lakers beat the Pelicans 112-104, and the two superstars playing in the game lived up to their billing despite having fought through illnesses earlier in the day. James notched his third triple-double of the season and the 76th…