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Zion Williamson 32, Pelicans stay hot, cool off Clippers


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Published November 25,2023


Zion Williamson scored 32 factors and Brandon Ingram added 30 because the visiting New Orleans Pelicans earned a 116-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday to complete group play of the NBA in-season match with a 3-1 file.

Herbert Jones scored 14 factors and Jonas Valanciunas added 12 for the Pelicans, who’ve received three straight and 5 of their final six video games.

New Orleans should await a last group-stage recreation between the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets on Tuesday to see in the event that they win West: Group B and advance to the knockout spherical of the inaugural match.

Paul George scored 34 factors and Kawhi Leonard added 20 for the Clippers, who noticed their three-game profitable streak come to an finish. Norman Powell additionally had 20 factors off the bench for Los Angeles, which was eradicated from the in-season match with a 1-3 file in group play.

Acting as extra of a facilitator, James Harden had 10 assists for the Clippers however simply eight factors on 2-of-8 capturing. Los Angeles is 3-6 since Harden was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 1.

Jones scored eight factors of a 10-0 Pelicans run approaching the halfway level of the fourth quarter to present New Orleans a 103-91 benefit.

The Pelicans had been up 107-94 earlier than the Clippers made one last run, pulling inside 110-106 with 54 seconds remaining after a Powell layup. But New Orleans sealed the victory when Williamson missed inside earlier than pulling the offensive rebound away from Harden and scoring for a 112-106 lead with 34.1 seconds on the clock.

The Pelicans bought off to a powerful begin, taking their first double-digit lead with 6:07 remaining within the first quarter and taking a 33-12 lead with 2:14 left within the opening interval.

The Clippers went to work from there, after an 0-for-7 begin from 3-point vary, trailing 36-23 after one quarter earlier than inching inside 56-55 at halftime. The Clippers opened their first lead at 57-56 early within the third quarter earlier than the Pelicans had been up 85-83 heading into the fourth.


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