Zion Williamson drained 23 points to lead New Orleans Pelicans past LA Clippers with an array of power moves to bedazzle the away team’s defense. Brandon Ingram added 17 and Eric Bledsoe added 18 points. Whereas Lonzo Ball added 18 points with 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Terance Mann scored 17 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Clippers, who were without Kawhi Leonard (foot) for a fourth straight game.
Zion Williamson scores 23 to lead New Orleans Pelicans past LA Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans led by double digits for nearly the entire second half and by as many as 25. The Clippers briefly got as close as nine when Marcus Morris Sr.’s jumper made it 70-69. But Williamson responded soon after with a short turnaround hook and his 3, and Brandon Ingram added a 3 as part of his 11 points in the period as New Orleans again pulled away.
Trailing 9-2 out of the gate, the New Orleans Pelicans seized momentum with a 27-4 run that began with Williamson hitting two free throws and following that up with a layup as he was fouled for three more points. Williamson added a put-back during the spurt, which also included a pair of 3s by Naji Marshall.
New Orleans’ lead grew as large as 17 when Williamson hit a driving layup and jumper to make it 33-16 late in the opening quarter.
The LA Clippers chipped away in the second quarter, when Cousins scored eight of his points on 4-of-5 shooting, and got as close as six points on George’s 15-foot turnaround jumper before New Orleans rebuilt its lead to 62-48 on Bledsoe’s floater as he was fouled just before halftime.