Los Angeles Lakers get LeBron James, Anthony Davis back but lose a key game to New Orleans Pelicans 

LeBron James and Anthony Davis returned to the lineup for the Lakers in a crucial game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night 

But it wasn't enough as L.A.'s hopes of making the play-in tournament were dealt another blow in a 114-111 loss. 

James, who was cleared to play after undergoing an on-court workout about an hour before tipoff 

missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 38 points after missing the previous two games with a sprained left ankle. 

Davis, who missed the Lakers' past 18 games with a right mid-foot sprain, had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists.  

L.A. went 4-14 during that span without Davis, which was the third-worst record in the league since the All-Star break. 

L.A. (31-46) has lost five straight and remains in the No. 11 spot in the Western Conference 

"The big picture is that it was pretty much a must-win for us, and we didn't get the job done," James said