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Ingram leads Pelicans’ 45-point demolition of star-less Warriors


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Ingram leads Pelicans’ 45-point demolition of star-less Warriors

BLOWOUT. Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) during the first half at Smoothie King Center

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Brandon Ingram scores an easy 34 in the New Orleans Pelicans' 45-point rout of the Golden State Warriors resting their championship-winning core

Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 34 points, and the host New Orleans Pelicans clobbered the depleted Golden State Warriors 128-83 on Monday night (Tuesday, November 22, Manila time).

Devonte’ Graham added a season-high 19 points off the bench, CJ McCollum scored 15, Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Jose Alvarado scored 10 off the bench.

Zion Williamson returned from a three-game absence due to a bruised foot to get nine points and four assists in 23 minutes, as the Pelicans finished 4-2 on their longest homestand of the season.

New Orleans forced 27 turnovers, which included 15 steals, and all 13 players that played scored.

The Warriors, who won on the road for the first time this season one night earlier in Houston, did not play Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green or Andrew Wiggins because of health maintenance. The same four sat out a 114-105 loss in New Orleans on November 4.

Jordan Poole scored 26 points, Jonathan Kuminga added 18 and JaMychal Green and Moses Moody had 10 apiece to lead Golden State, which lost on the road for the ninth time and failed to score 100 points for the first time this season.

The Warriors made the first basket of the game, then went ice cold and never recovered.

New Orleans went on a 17-1 run before Kuminga’s 3-pointer ended a six-minute field-goal drought for Golden State.

The Pelicans led by as many as 24 points before holding a 35-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. New Orleans didn’t turn the ball over in the period and the Warriors turned it over seven times, leading to nine points.

Golden State chipped away at the deficit in the second quarter, but each time it made progress the Pelicans made a significant run.

The Warriors got within 37-23, but the Pelicans scored the next nine points. The Warriors got within 46-31, but the Pelicans scored the next eight points. The Warriors then got within 54-39, but the Pelicans closed the second with an 11-2 run to take a 24-point halftime lead. –

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