LeBron James returns from three-game absence, helps new-look Los Angeles Lakers to impressive victory

    LeBron James looks on during a stoppage in play during the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

    (CNN)LeBron James returned from a three-game absence and helped his new-look Los Angeles Lakers to an impressive 120-102 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

    The 37-year-old James had missed the three previous games due to ankle soreness but returned to action on Wednesday night to great effect.
    In 29 productive minutes on the floor, James scored 21 points and added six rebounds and six assists as he steered the Lakers past the Pelicans.
      Former Pelican Anthony Davis led Los Angeles with 28 points as well as 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks while new addition D'Angelo Russell chipped in with 21 points and seven assists in the Lakers' final game before the All-Star break.
        After the game, James said that the victory with the revamped roster will be a good starting point for the team to return to after the break.
        "I think we're going to continue to build off tonight," James told reporters. "I think our skill sets all kind of fit each other."
        It was the Lakers' 30th different starting lineup in its 59th game of the up-and-down season, comprised of James, Davis, Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt -- who acquired in a three-team trade last week.
          As well as the acquisitions of Mo Bamba and Rui Hachimura -- and the departure of Russell Westbrook, Damian Jones and Juan Toscano-Anderson -- it has given the Lakers a roster seemingly more well-suited to fitting around its star players.
          LeBron James drives to the basket during the game against the Pelicans.