College adds scholarship

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will have the opportunity to add to their financial aid package with a new scholarship funded by the Hearst Foundation. The Hearst Foundation, founded by William Randolph Hearst, has donated $60,000 to Saint Mary’s College to benefit students who are academically talented, but also economically disadvantaged. Students who are members of an underrepresented minority will have priority, according to a College press release. “We anticipate the average award per student to be $2,500 each year, which will be added on top of their current financial aid package,” director of financial aid Kathleen Brown said. The Class of 2014 is the first class of students to receive the Hearst scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. “We anticipate that 12 students overall will receive this award,” Brown said Scholarships will be given the student’s junior year and renewed for senior year.  Students must be US citizens, eligible for the Federal Pell Grant Program and ideally majoring in science, math or engineering, according to Brown said. The process of determining this year’s Hearst Scholars is currently being finalized, she said. “The hope is that this scholarship will help students to graduate with less debt,” Brown said. Brown said this scholarship is part of an ongoing goal of providing more aid to eligible students. “Part of [President Carol Ann Mooney’s] last strategic plan was that we provide aid to 100 percent of Pell-eligible students,” Brown said. Emphasis for Hearst Scholar candidates is also put on students of an underrepresented minority, the press release stated. Minorities represented 13.5 percent of total students at Saint Mary’s during the 2011-12 school year, according to Saint Mary’s Institutional Research. Underrepresented minorities currently present at Saint Mary’s include African American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic and Native Hawaiian. The Hearst Foundation has a strong tie to students with culturally diverse backgrounds.  Their mission is to identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives, according to the Hearst Foundation. Making a Saint Mary’s education affordable to girls with different educational and ethnic backgrounds has also long been a mission of Saint Mary’s, according to the College website. Contact Caroline Rech at crech01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Knights of Columbus fundraise with steak sandwich sales

first_imgThe white and blue banner that hangs from the double arches of the Knights of Columbus building at the intersection of South and God quads reads, “Home of Football Game Day Steak Sales $1,000,000 Since 1973.” Talk to any member of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, though, and they will tell you it’s about much more than the steak.Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Knights of Columbus “Notre Dame Knights are proud of their steak sale program, but more than the time spent on game days raising funds, the council enjoys working with some of the charities we support,” Robert Rauch, Notre Dame class of 2012 and former president of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, said.“For instance, we annually conduct several events with the Corvilla Home, one of our first charities,” Rauch, who now works as the College Council Coordinator for the Knights of Columbus Supreme Office, said. “We have annually prepared and consumed a Thanksgiving dinner with residents, we have participated in bingo and bowling events, and we have sponsored a team in their Snowball Softball tournament. The best part of steak sales is being able to have a relationship with the people we support.”According to the Notre Dame Knight of Columbus website, the steak sale began in 1973, but members of the Knights had been grilling steak sandwiches as part of their own tailgate since the late 1950s. Dennis Malloy, a third-year law student, said the location of the sale helped it take hold as a game day tradition.“The location of the Council Home next to the old bookstore was a prime location with thousands of potential consumers,” Malloy said. “We decided to sell only steak sandwiches to provide a distinct treat to our customers and reap the benefits of economies of scale.“Even though the bookstore moved and the glamour of Irish Green is far away, we are an essential part of the game day experience for many who make a special trip to the corner of God Quad and South Quad to visit us.”Malloy, who is a former grand knight of Notre Dame’s branch of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1477, said the Notre Dame Knights have about 100 active members. Each football Saturday, Malloy said at least 15 people work the steak sale at any given time, and about 40 people, including Knights, their friends and family and members of other campus organizations, work the sale throughout the day.Rauch said poor weather can lessen proceeds from the steak sale, but on a typical game day, the Knights will serve about 3,000 sandwiches and raise $10,000. As the sign outside the Knights of Columbus building highlights, the steak sales have raised over $1 million since 1973, a figure which Rauch said is not adjusted for inflation.Sophomore Henry Dickman, who oversees the steak sale this year, said he hopes to involve more student groups in the unique fundraiser.“Steak sales are not only significant in terms of the funds raised, but the event also provides a great way for council members to get to know each other and serve the Notre Dame community,” Dickman said. “Going forward, we’d like to find ways to get other campus groups involved with helping at the sales as well as attracting more students to buy sandwiches.”Rauch said the tradition of the Knights of Columbus at Notre Dame extends much further than the steak sales. The Notre Dame Knights were founded in 1910 and were the first student group on campus aside from athletic teams, the marching band and student government.“Like many things related to Notre Dame football, Knights of Columbus steak sales are rooted in tradition,” Rauch said. “The large stream of fans to the bookstore would smell the steak next door and would buy one on their way in or out. Plus, the steak sale program is all about charity and giving back — both themes that members of the Notre Dame family identify with.“When Fr. Sorin said that Notre Dame would one day be an enormous force for good in this country, he was speaking of people like the Notre Dame Knights who through their steak sale program and all their other activities serves as this force by being a charity that evangelizes.”Rauch said the sale can be taxing at times, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges.“College students typically don’t enjoy waking up before 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning, much less multiple Saturdays in a row, but that’s what the men of this council do every game day,” he said. “But when you have a good cause to support, you keep that in site and you keep going.”Jeff Gerlomes, Notre Dame class of 2014 and former president of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, said while the steak sale serves as a favorite game day tradition, it also goes beyond the bounds of Notre Dame football to make a tangible impact on peoples’ lives.“When we see that line down the quad, it’s humbling to think that this sandwich is as important to some of these people as a tartan cape or a golden helmet,” Gerlomes said. “Even more important, though, is that this fundraiser is our biggest opportunity to make a direct impact on some of the most serious social injustices around us. Instead of just campaigning for the poor and marginalized, we can aid programs that really help them on a lasting and personal level.”Tags: Game Day Tradition, Knights of Columbus, Steak Sandwich Salelast_img read more

Briefs

first_imgPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Alan R. Hochman has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement from two rehabilitative suspensions.The first suspension, effective July 28, 1997, was for a period of three years and resulted form Hochman’s misuse of client funds and trust accounting violations. The second suspension, effective nunc pro tunc July 28, 1997, was for a period of three years and resulted from a determination of guilt on two felony charges of grand theft stemming from the same misuse of client funds resulting in the earlier suspension.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Hochman’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Randi Kayman Lazarus, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.Court sets arguments The Clerk of Court’s Official Recorder’s Office for Miami-Dade County has introduced a new electronic recording system.“This exciting project not only provides a new dimension of accessibility to the public records but it enables a host of efficiencies and savings within our operations and for our customers as well,” Clerk Harvey Ruvin said.The new system integrates a redesigned official record recording process and electronic storage and retrieval into one comprehensive document imaging solution, accessible on the Internet at www.miami-dadeclerk.com.The new system will replace the aging microfilm index system with 30 years of optically imaged databases, all viewable from a Personal Computer Book and page numbers will be available immediately upon recordation, and original documents will be returned expeditiously.After system implementation is completed at the central downtown location (22 NW First Street), the Clerk’s Office will be implementing official records recording at various locations county wide. Current plans include recording functions at the Miami-Dade County Permitting and Inspection Center (MDPIC on Coral Way at 122 Avenue), in the North Dade Justice Center, South Dade Justice Center, and the new Hialeah Courthouse. In addition, the system will be expanded to accept electronically signed and filed documents, as well as paper documents.EASL hosts legal symposium Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Brad Alexander has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for reinstatement to the Bar from a rehabilitative suspension.This suspension was effective January 27, 2000, and was for a period of one year resulting from a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Alexander’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.FLA schedules annual seminar As chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Harry Lee Anstead makes legal decisions that impact all of Florida, but as a child, he was impacted by a seemingly small decision to join the Boys & Girls Club of Jacksonville.Chief Justice Anstead credits the club and specifically his scholarship to a week-long summer camp for giving him the first opportunity to venture outside Jacksonville’s Brentwood Housing Project. Raised by a single mother and with five older siblings, Justice Anstead attended the Boys & Girls Club where he learned many lessons including how to swim, shoot a bow and arrow, and believe there was no limit to what an individual can accomplish.Anstead recently joined seven other club alumni including actor Mario Lopez, NBA Hall of Fame member Bill Walton, and Olympic gold medallist Brooke Bennett, as they were inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame.Induction ceremonies took place May 15, the opening day of B&GCA’s 97th Annual National Conference in Orlando. This year’s conference theme, “Share The Vision,” was a fitting backdrop for the Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony as it was the vision of the staff in local Boys & Girls Clubs who contributed largely to the success of these outstanding former members.Following his appointment to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Anstead made a passionate commitment to elevate the juvenile court because of its importance in helping the most troubled children.“I have continuously felt that this is an obligation of the community to ensure that all the children out there are all of our children,” Anstead said.According to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, other distinguished members of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame include Boys & Girls Clubs of America national spokesperson Denzel Washington, entertainers Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Lopez, and NBA superstars Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Terry Porter, and Darrell Armstrong.Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of more than 3,300 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving some 3.5 million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances.Hoffman petitions for readmission Neil George Paulson, Sr., of Orlando has submmitted an application for Bar readmission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Paulson resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings under allegations that he appropriated funds from personal injury claims for other legal work without clients’ knowledge or consent, pursuant to an April 6, 2000, Supreme Court order.The Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Paulson’s application for readmission and all members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Paulson, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.If you wish to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Eleanor Hunter, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.Hochman petitions for reinstatement The Dade County Bar’s Legal Aid Society and 11th Circuit Court Judge Maynard “Skip” Gross took Career Day to the next level by giving fourth and fifth grade students from New Life Christian School the opportunity to sit as jurors in the case Mary Contrary v. Little Bo Peep and see the judicial system at its best.May marked the second anniversary of Career Day at the Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid Society. In addition to Judge Gross, several attorneys from the Legal Aid Society, including Peter S. Adrien, Wendy L. Robbins, Mark Brown, Jepera Hvidberg, David Wolin, M. Christina Gonzalez, and Marcia Reisman, also participated.Support specialists elect new officers The Florida Supreme Court has set oral arguments in Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, SC03-705 for August 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m.A maximum of 15 minutes to each side has been allotted for the arguments.Boys & Girls Clubs honor Anstead Florida Bar members are now receiving their 2003-2004 annual fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees.The statements were mailed in late May. The fees are payable July 1 and are late after August 15.Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are still $265. Inactive members pay $175. Eligible members may pay online at www.FLABAR.org.Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a late fee.Paulson applies for Bar readmission Kenneth Stephen Hoffman of Beaufort, South Carolina, has submitted an application for Bar readmission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Hoffman resigned pursuant to a June 5, 1997, Supreme Court order in lieu of disciplinary proceedings that alleged that without clients’ knowledge or consent, he appropriated funds recovered from stolen property claims and failed to return them to the client in a timely fashion.The Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Hoffman’s application for readmission. All members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Hoffman, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.To be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Eleanor Hunter, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.Izquierdo petitions for reinstatement Arnold Mittelman, producing artistic director for The Coconut Grove Playhouse, presented its First Annual Spotlight Award to Third District Court of Appeal Judge Mario P. Goderich at a recent pre-show reception and ceremony.Judge Goderich, who founded the Cuban American Bar Association and was the first Cuban American workers’ comp judge, circuit judge, and appellate court judge, was joined by more than 1,000 guests, including judges, friends, and colleagues from various bar associations to celebrate the event.The award presentation took place prior to a performance of Eduardo Machado’s Once Removed, a comedy-drama centered around a 1961 Cuban exiled family. The event was chaired by Ervin A. Gonzalez.In addition to receiving the award, Judge Goderich received a proclamation from Gov. Jeb Bush.The Cuban American Bar Foundation also announced the creation and full endowment of the Mario P. Goderich Merit Scholarship at Florida International University School of Law.The recipient, Mauricio Rivero, was present to receive the $25,000 scholarship.Judge Goderich was born in Cuba, graduated from the University of Havana and became a doctor of civil law at the University of Miami.The Coconut Grove Playhouse Spotlight Award was created to recognize individuals from all walks of life who strive to make South Florida a better place and honors citizens who have an impressive track record and a demonstrated commitment of giving back to their community.Judge Hodges wins ABA Devitt Award Bar fees are payable July 1 June 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. will be holding its 17th annual workshop and seminar August 1st and 2nd at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.The organization was formed by the Supreme Court of Florida in 1986 as a nonprofit corporation with two goals in mind, according to its executive director, Michael Cohen.The first of these goals is to educate and assist law students, lawyers, and judges dealing with behavioral problems and the addicting cycle of substance abuse before the illnesses become a problem in their personal and professional lives.“The important thing is to learn how to interrupt that cycle before it gets to the point where you lose control,” said Cohen, who has seen the effect these type of problems can have.“Get up and walk out of the deposition instead of reaching over the desk and grabbing opposing counsel,” said Cohen.The second major goal of the organization is to develop a rehabilitation program for those who need it, to get in recovery and stay in recovery.These type of issues, Cohen insists, are more prevalent in the legal community than in many other sects of society, but that it goes unrecognized more often by those in the legal community.“A fair amount of it is dealing with stress, and that kicks off the dependence,” said Cohen, who attributes some of the stress to the Bar’s growth in membership and consequently competition.The workshop and seminar registration fee is $130 by July 5th and $160 thereafter. There is a guest fee of $60. Registration information can be received by contacting Michael Cohen, Executive Director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., at 954/566-9040.YLD to fill 16th Circuit vacancy More than 200 people turned out to raise money for Legal Aid Service of Broward County’s Childrens Advocacy Program at the second annual For the Public Good Awards fundraiser.Awards were also presented to nine members of the community who have furthered the cause of equal justice. The event raised more than $20,000 and included dancing, a silent auction, raffle, and cocktail buffet wrapped in a sports theme.For The Public Good Award recipients included State Attorney Michael Satz; Greenberg Traurig, represented by Henry Latimer; State Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples; the City of Coral Springs, represented by Commissioner Rhonda Calhoun; Stuart attorney Willie E. Gary represented by his law partner and former legal aid attorney, Donald Watson; Frances Payne of the Jack & Jill Children’s Center; Keith Clayborne of Broward Times ; Broward attorney Jerome Ira Solkoff, who was presented with the Russ E. Carlisle Advocacy Award; and Clear Channel Worldwide, represented by General Manager Peter Bolger.Volunteers and donors to Legal Aid were also recognized as were Event Committee Co-Chairs Julie Klahr and Andrew Stien.Death penalty seminar set The Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists, Inc., recently elected Sarasota’s Deborah R. Woodson as its new president.Other new officers include E. Jean Tarman, president-elect; Jean C. McCarter, vice president; Gayle Briske, treasurer; Barbara Cavallaro, secretary; Deborah L. Waters, chapter liaison; Robert R. Anderson, director of education; and Judi S. Barnes, director of marketing.Fowler White collects clothing The Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors is seeking those interested in filling a 16th Circuit vacancy created by the resignation of Samuel Kaufman.Anyone wishing to fill the vacancy should send a letter of intent and a resume to Austin Newberry, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 by July 18.Broward legal aid raises funds The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section recently honored the memory of legendary music producer Tom Dowd at its Fifth Annual Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film and Television in Miami Beach.The symposium luncheon featured the presentation of the Tom Dowd Excellence in the Arts Award to Francis Preston, president of BMI.“Despite the challenges to the music industry, BMI has endured successful growth in the past years,” Preston said. “We are optimistic about our future.”The luncheon also featured presentations from Peter Price, president of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Antoinette Zel, president of MTV Networks, Latin America.“To succeed in the music industry, we must maintain our sense of creativity, a respect for our audiences, and a devotion to integrity,” Zel said.Louis Tertocha, EASL’s chair, said the symposium drew more than 150 lawyers and industry representatives to the various seminars and the luncheon and awards ceremony covering legal and business affairs in music, film, and television.“We are very pleased that this nationally recognized legal symposium has been so well received within the entertainment industry, and we hope to continue presenting this event on an annual basis,” said Richard Rappaport, co-chair of the symposium.Judge takes justice to the classroom William Terrell Hodges, senior judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, has been selected to receive the 21st Annual Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.The Devitt Award honors a judge of national stature whose distinguished lifelong career is characterized by:• Decisions that, through their wisdom, humanity, and commitment to the rule of law, make clear that bench, bar, and community alike would willingly entrust that judge with the most complex cases of the most far-reaching import.• Writings, including opinions, lectures, or other publications, that reveal scholarship and dedication to the improvement of the judicial process.• Activities that have helped to improve the administration of justice, advance the rule of law, reinforce collegial ties within the judicial branch, or strengthen civic ties within local, national, and international communities.Hodges served as an active judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida from 1971 to 1999, and as its chief judge from 1982 to 1989.His impact has been felt at both the state and national level. He was chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and is currently chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.Hodges also was the founder and former president of the American Inns of Court, Tampa Chapter; and in 1996, after moving to Jacksonville, he served as president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Alexis Izquierdo has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Izquierdo was suspended for 18 months pursuant to court order dated May 17, 2001, as a result of a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Izquierdo’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Carlos A. Lebon, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377- 4445.Alexander petitions for reinstatement Fowler White Boggs Banker and Ernst & Young recently pooled their resources to team up for the “Dress for Success” and “Dream a Dress” clothing drive.In two weeks, they collected over 200 business suits and dresses, 75 evening gowns, and dozens of accessories for two nonprofit organizations.“Fowler White Boggs Banker and Ernst & Young enthusiastically supported our efforts, and their partnership was a great example of two firms coming together to help our community,” said Pat Ellington, executive director of Dress for Success Tampa Bay.“These are the kinds of efforts that help the women in need,” said Dianne Jacob, the volunteer founder of the Dream a Dress program.Dress for Success provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women entering the workforce. Women are referred to the program by nonprofit organizations such as Alpha House, Centre for Women, Tampa/Hillsborough Urban League, and The Spring. Each woman receives three business outfits when she has a job interview and two more when she gets the job.Dream a Dress provides prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who would not be able to attend their proms otherwise. This organization works in conjunction with the Hillsborough County School Board.Goderich honored by his community Briefs An opportunity to learn the latest in handling death penalty cases arrives August 22-23 during the fourth Capital Cases Seminar at the Hotel Royal in Orlando.Roger Maas, director of the Commission on Capital Cases, said he expects lawyers to get 12 continuing legal education credits, which corresponds with the new rule requiring 12 CLEs every two years. He anticipates judges will receive 10 continuing judicial credits.Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead will give the keynote address and also speak on the role of the Supreme Court in capital litigation.Gerald Tjoflat, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, will speak on the role of federal courts in capital litigation and effective appellate presentations.Eighteenth Circuit Judge O.H. “Bill” Eaton will discuss recent developments in capital litigation, as well as covering the penalty phase of trials.Judge Stan Morris, in Gainesville’s Eighth Circuit, will talk about postconviction relief.Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Michael Weatherby will explore recent developments in the guilt phase of a capital case.And Larry Klein, Fourth District Court of Appeal judge, will give pointers on effective appellate presentations.In addition, there will be a panel discussion exploring ethical considerations in light of recent Supreme Court decisions and the Illinois study that called for a moratorium on the death penalty.To register for the seminar, send a check for $210 to The Florida Legislature, Commission on Capital Cases, 402 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee 32399-1300. Call (850) 921-4704 for more information.Dade clerk’s office installs new e-recording systemlast_img read more

LeBron James delivers triple-double as balanced Lakers outlast Anthony Davis, Pelicans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith so many storylines and angles floating around the game, it was difficult to keep track. All of the subplots delivered to some degree:• Much of the pregame hysteria centered around James’ comments that it would be “incredible” to play alongside Davis, which opposing coach Alvin Gentry said amounted to tampering. But if the two stars are planning to team up sometime in the future, it wasn’t readily apparent during the game. James earned his third triple-double of the season, flexing his playmaking muscle more than his scoring prowess with 14 assists to go with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Davis was his dominant self, scoring and rebounding, with 30 points and 20 boards, but was limited to just four points in the final frame.Afterward, James said he didn’t think his comments were inappropriate or tampering. And he wasn’t surprised by how much attention they drew: “Of course not. No. Anything I say will generate something.”• Randle, the former seventh overall pick of the Lakers in 2014 who grew to be alienated from the organization, returned to face his old team in the midst of a career year. He was given an appreciation video in the first quarter, but nonetheless attacked the Lakers with fury: He finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, but his last shot was blocked by Zubac, his former teammate, and the sequence essentially ended the Pelicans’ last hope.The video was a nice touch, he later said. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “It was a nice gesture, just being able to reflect on my four years here,” he said. “It was a good thing. It was exciting. I’m appreciative.”• Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo returned to the lineup after lengthy injury stints. Rondo made his first three shots and piled up nine assists coming off the bench against the Pelicans, for whom he played last season. Ingram had some clear rust (6-for-14 shooting) but nonetheless provided a needed scoring punch with 18 points.Walton praised both players, but Ingram in particular for finding a way to blend back into the Lakers’ playing style at both ends of the court. Ingram acknowledged sitting out for seven games helped him adapt.“What I learned the most was how good the ball movement was and on the defensive side where we need to help and how good they got each and every game,” he said. “So I just try to add to it, I just try to put myself in the position where I can help.”• The third straight absence of JaVale McGee created an opening for an unlikely Lakers starter: Zubac. The third-year big man – who has spent most of the season out of the playing rotation – had one of his best games ever from the opening possession, when he flushed a dunk off a pick-and-roll with Lonzo Ball. He finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting, and McGee (who has been out with illness) tweeted his pride in his younger teammate in the fourth quarter. Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions But overall, two things stood out for the Lakers (19-13). The team won, which was a soothing balm after grinding East Coast trip, during which they went 1-3. But also on display was the kind of balance that comes with being (mostly) healthy: Every Lakers starter was in double figures, led by Kyle Kuzma who had 23 points, and rounded out by Ball who had 12.While Davis, Randle and Jrue Holiday were all strong for the Pelicans, their overall supporting cast paled in comparison to the Lakers. It might be food for thought for Davis if he’s truly considering pushing to move West.It might also be something to think about for James, who lit media fires in the past week by speaking openly about a desire to play with Davis and 2003 draft pick Carmelo Anthony. Several Lakers said in the last few days that James had not addressed his comments to the team as of Friday morning, when he skipped shootaround. His current cast helped pick up the shooting on a night when he was a pedestrian 8 for 20 from the field and could not hit a 3-point shot.James acknowledged the team feeling more whole played a major role in the win.“When we have our depth,” he said, “we’re very good.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs PreviousThe Lakers’ Ivica Zubac blocks a shot by the Pelicans’ Julius Randle during the second half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. Zubac had a double-double in a rare start to help the Lakers to a 112-104 win. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Ivica Zubac, center, dunks as New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, left, and Anthony Davis watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers greets, former Laker Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans before the game at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James, left, drives to the basket past the Pelicans’ E’Twaun Moore during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. James had a triple-double (22 points, 12 rebounds, 14 assists) in the Lakers’ 112-104 win. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans scores in front of Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket with LeBron James #23 during the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks in front of Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound from Julius Randle #30 and Jahlil Okafor #8 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives on Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans attempts a pass between Tyson Chandler #5 and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Solomon Hill #44 of the New Orleans Pelicans loses a rebound between LeBron James #23 and Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram dunks against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans goes for a rebound between Brandon Ingram #14 and Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots a jumper in front of Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs with Alvin Gentry of the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives on Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Tim Frazier #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans is fouled by Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: E’Twaun Moore #55 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives to the basket on Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is pressured by New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, grabs a pass next to New Orleans Pelicans’ Tim Frazier during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, and Rajon Rondo celebrate a basket by Rondo during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James is defended by New Orleans Pelicans’ Julius Randle, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, dribbles the ball past New Orleans Pelicans’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, smiles as he walks past New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the New Orleans Pelicans attempts a shot in front of Ivica Zubac #40, Lonzo Ball #2 and Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: E’Twaun Moore #55 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives to the basket on Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the New Orleans Pelicans attempts a shot in front of Ivica Zubac #40, Lonzo Ball #2 and Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in front of Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers comes up with a rebound in front of Jrue Holiday #11, E’Twaun Moore #55 and Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a screen from Lonzo Ball #2 during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a fade away jumper over Darius Miller #21 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers calls for a shooting foul during a 112-104 Laker win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his dunk in front of Julius Randle #30, Kenrich Williams #34 and Frank Jackson #15 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound in front of Julius Randle #30, Kenrich Williams #34 and Frank Jackson #15 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Darius Miller #21 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers directs the offense during a 112-104 Laker win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans attempts a shot in front of Tyson Chandler #5 and Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Julius Randle #30 during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers blocks the shot of Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts after a Pelican foul during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans is defended by Kyle Kuzma #0, Lonzo Ball #2 and Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives on Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans attempts a pass in front of Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Alvin Gentry of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during a 112-104 Los Angeles Lakers win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers saves a ball from out of bounds during a 112-104 Laker win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers palms the ball before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is defended by New Orleans Pelicans’ Frank Jackson, front left, and Julius Randle during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-104. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, center, drives to the basket past Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-104. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James walks across the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-104. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)New Orleans Pelicans’ Julius Randle, center, competes for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, left, and Tyson Chandler during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-104. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, left, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers’ Ivica Zubac during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-104. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, smiles as he walks past New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis share a light moment during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his foul during a 112-104 Laker win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Actress Penny Marshall tribute before the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Ivica Zubac blocks a shot by the Pelicans’ Julius Randle during the second half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. Zubac had a double-double in a rare start to help the Lakers to a 112-104 win. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 60The Lakers’ Ivica Zubac blocks a shot by the Pelicans’ Julius Randle during the second half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. Zubac had a double-double in a rare start to help the Lakers to a 112-104 win. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — After all the build-up, a week of fiery yet futile speculation, Friday’s game between the Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans proved to be the rare match-up that lived up to the hype.A 112-104 Lakers victory was not assured until the final minute, when LeBron James made a pair of free throws, spot starter Ivica Zubac delivered an authoritative blocked shot, and L.A. rode out the threat of MVP candidate Anthony Davis and company.Afterward, James, who missed shootaround with an unspecified illness, said he was feeling the effects of going all-out for the win as his sore feet rested in ice water.“My energy is very low right now,” James said. “I guess being back on my home floor and being around my teammates gave me enough energy to make plays and help us win.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more