The Lakers came back from the All Star break and recorded a striking victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday.
James Harden impressed by LeBron James, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.
And that was giving some optimism that the Lakers could put a good run in the final of the season to reach the playoffs.
There was an extra boost for the Lakers against the Pelicans with Anthony Davis having refused to remainder.
Lakers fans thought they could close the gap on the eighth seed, even more.
But that did not make a difference against New Orleans, with the Lakers experiencing costly with the ball.
They had 22 trovers when shooting just over 60 percent of the throw-in line.
Ingram and James had 25-plus points, but it was a disappointing performance overall by the Lakers.
Laker's supporters came to social media to call change, with their frustration directed to Walton.
One said: "Get Luke Walton out of here now!"
Another commented: "Luke Walton gotta go.
One-third read: "I really want to hear one good excuse about keeping Luke Walton because I'm sure to be pulled out."
A fourth tweeted: "My Lakers need to fire Luke Walton."
Now the Lakers now play three and a half games back from the eighth seed and return to act against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.