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James missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle and was cleared to play after undergoing an on-court workout about an hour before tipoff.
Davis has missed the Lakers’ past 18 games with a right mid-foot sprain. L.A. went 4-14 during that span without him, which was the second worst record in the league since the All-Star break.
L.A. comes into Friday’s showdown in the No. 11 spot in the Western Conference, facing No. 9 New Orleans, which is two games up on the Lakers for one of the two play-in tournament berths with six games remaining.