NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lonzo Ball hit seven 3-pointers and capped a 33-point efficiency with a step-back jumper with 25.3 seconds left, adopted by 4 free throws within the closing 15 seconds, and the New Orleans Pelicans pulled out a vital 108-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday evening.
Stephen Curry, who had 37 factors and hit eight 3s, missed a deep jumper that might have given Golden State the lead within the closing 20 seconds. Mychal Mulder briefly appeared to have an extended offensive rebound in his grasp when Zion Williamson stole it and drew a transparent path foul from Draymond Green.
Williamson, who had 23 factors and 12 rebounds, hit his free throws. The Warriors then fouled Ball twice extra after that, however Ball didn’t miss and New Orleans pulled inside three video games of a Western Conference play-in position with six contests remaining.
Ball’s huge evening got here simply 24 hours after he’d missed 15 of 18 photographs in a loss to the Warriors. After his final jumper, he briefly turned to the stands with his chest bowed out.
Eric Bledsoe scored 14 factors and Brandon Ingram 13 for the Pelicans. But Ingram, one among New Orleans main scorers, went to the locker room with 4:39 left within the third quarter due to a left ankle sprain and didn’t return.
Andrew Wiggins scored 26 factors and Green contributed 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the Warriors, who took the primary of back-to-back video games in New Orleans on Monday evening, 123-108.
The Pelicans had been much more aggressive within the rematch.
Although Curry produced at a lot the identical rate as an evening earlier — when he additionally made eight 3s and scored 41 — New Orleans performed higher offensively, which lowered Golden State’s transition possibilities. The Pelicans additionally defended extra successfully off the ball, stopping gamers aside from Curry from getting the kind of straightforward baskets they’d gotten on Monday evening.
Neither crew led by double digits the whole sport, however Golden State led for a lot of the second half earlier than Ball helped spearhead a 29-18 run to shut the sport, twice tying the sport with 3s within the closing 3:18.
Golden State’s largest lead of the primary half got here when Poole’s 3 made it 50-43. But Ball and Williamson made consecutive driving layups and Ball added a 3 to tie it at 50.
After Curry’s 3 and floater lifted the Warriors back in entrance, Williamson responded with a pair of contested inside baskets, the final on a drive throughout the lane to drag the Pelicans to 57-56 at halftime.
Warriors: Curry’s first 3 of the evening gave him 300 in a season for the fourth time in his career. … Curry and Wiggins had been the one Warriors to achieve double digits scoring. … Went 20 of 53 (37.7% from 3-point vary). … Committed 18 turnovers, six by Green. … Attempted simply seven free throws, making 5.
Pelicans: Center Steven Adams performed for the primary time in 4 video games and had eight rebounds earlier than reinjuring his toe whereas diving to save lots of a ball from going out of bounds within the second half. … Williamson’s double-double was his 14th this season. … Naji Marshall scored 10 factors and Jaxson Hayes scored eight, together with two baskets within the Pelicans’ closing surge, to go with 9 rebounds.
Warriors: Play their closing six video games at residence beginning Thursday evening towards Oklahoma City.
Pelicans: Begin a five-game highway journey in Philadelphia on Friday.
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