Lakers vs Pelicans: Kyle Kuzma Says New Orleans Fans "Should Boo Their Team, Not AD" As Davis Makes History

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma took a shot at New Orleans Pelicans fans suggesting they should "boo their own team, rather than Anthony Davis" after the latter made history on his return to New Orleans, shrugging off a frosty welcome to lead the Lakers to a 114-110 win.

Making his first appearance against the Pelicans since the trade that took him to Los Angeles in the summer, Davis was showered with boos by the crowd in New Orleans from the moment the line-ups were announced.

The hostility continued throughout the game, with Davis—who spent seven seasons with the Pelicans before joining the Lakers—booed at every possession.

The six-time All-Star, however, had the last laugh, finishing with a game-high 41 points, nine rebounds and three steals in 37 minutes as the Lakers racked up a ninth consecutive win and improved to 16-2.

One of Davis' three steals sealed the win for the Lakers as the Pelicans turned over possession in the final seconds of the game.

According to data compiled by Elias Sports Bureau, Davis is the first player in NBA history to score 40 or more points in the first game against his former team.

Kuzma was far from impressed with the treatment reserved for his teammate and suggested Pelicans fans should have aimed their boos at their own team, who let a 10-point lead slip in the fourth quarter.

"New Orleans fans should probably boo their own team for letting him get 40 and come back," the Lakers forward was quoted as saying by ESPN. "I don't know what that was. But he was ready for this game. On the way to the arena on the bus he was rapping out loud and he never really does that so you could kinda tell that he was ready to play."

While the first overall pick of the 2012 draft played the role of chief villain, he suggested the boos didn't affect him, partly because he was booed back in January when he first asked for a trade.

He was also warned by LeBron James about the reception that might come his way.

Unlike Davis, James has plenty of experience when it comes to returning to former teams, having done so with the Heat and the Lakers in Cleveland and with the Cavs and the Lakers in Miami.

"He [James] went through a lot worse from what he told me. I just got boos [...] I felt good coming to the game when the ball was tipped," Davis was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"I think coming in and just worrying about what was on the floor and not what the crowd was saying or whatever. I did hear something during the national anthem. That was the only time, it was super quiet. Other than that I didn't really hear much. I actually got some love when I was sitting on the bench from some Pelican fans."

James was more magnanimous than Kuzma, indicating there had been cheers for Davis amid the cacophony of boos.

"I mean they still love them [in New Orleans] you heard a lot of cheers as well," he told reporters in the locker room.

"You heard some boos obviously, some people boo just because they don't even know why they just want to be a part of the spectacle."

The win kept the Lakers top of the Western Conference with a two-game lead over the Denver Nuggets, while the Pelicans have now lost three straight games and are 6-12 for the season.

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Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty
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