Zion Williamson knocked game-high 37 points, out of which he added 7 points in OT to ensure New Orleans Pelicans past Minnesota Timberwolves. New Orleans entered play 27th in the NBA with an average of 10.7 made 3s a game. Its average of 30.5 attempts per game ranked 25th while shooting 35%.
Anthony Edwards scored 14 points in the second quarter to help erase a 13-point deficit. The Minnesota Timberwolves were trying for their longest winning streak since January 2018 in Jimmy Butler’s first season with the team.
Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball lead Pelicans against Timberwolves 140-136
Anthony Edwards scored 29 points for Minnesota Timberwolves, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell finished with 17 points and 11 assists.
Lonzo Ball had a career-high 33 points, tying a career best with eight 3-pointers, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Willy Hernangomez added 12 points and 12 rebounds. His follow shot with 21 seconds left completed New Orleans’ comeback from down 10 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
The Pelicans closed the fourth on a 14-4 run to force overtime and then Williamson went to work in the extra session. Zion Williamson added nine rebounds and eight assists.
Lonzo Ball was two assists away from a triple-double, but he made his mark from 3-point territory. With Ball leading the way, New Orleans Pelicans finished 14 of 36 from beyond the arc.