NBA regular season

Pelicans take down Suns again, win 7th straight

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Pelicans take down Suns again, win 7th straight

ON FIRE. Zion Williamson and the Pelicans stretch their winning streak.

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Zion Williamson goes for back-to-back 35-point performances as the Pelicans remain at the top of the Western Conference

Zion Williamson matched his season high with 35 points as the surging New Orleans Pelicans completed a two-game sweep of the visiting Phoenix Suns with a 129-124 overtime victory on Sunday, December 11 (Monday, December 12, Manila time).

It was the second consecutive game Williamson scored 35 points, also doing it Friday against the Suns.

Williamson, who made 13 of 17 field-goal attempts in a 128-117 victory Friday, made 14 of 21 Sunday as the Pelicans won their seventh straight game and came out on top for the 11th time in their last 13 games.

CJ McCollum added 29 points for the Western Conference-leading Pelicans, while Naji Marshall scored 16, Larry Nance Jr. had 15, and Dyson Daniels delivered 11.

Deandre Ayton had 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns before fouling out, Mikal Bridges scored 27 points, Cameron Payne had 17, Torrey Craig had 14, and Damion Lee delivered 12. Phoenix lost its fourth straight game as Chris Paul had six points and 11 assists before fouling out.

Williamson, Nance and Marshall each had a basket as New Orleans took a three-point lead just under two minutes into overtime. Williamson was called for a foul as Paul missed a three-pointer, but the Pelicans challenged, and the call was overturned. Paul was called for his sixth foul.

McCollum made a jumper, Marshall scored from the lane and McCollum made another basket to put New Orleans in command at 129-120.

Paul made a jumper to tie the score at 117 with 4.1 seconds left in regulation and Williamson missed a jumper at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

Williamson made 4 of the Pelicans’ first 5 baskets in the second half, including a three-pointer, then fed McCollum for a dunk as New Orleans turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 70-66 lead.

The Suns got within 2 points twice before Daniels had 2 baskets and 2 assists to help the Pelicans open a 90-75 lead.

Payne had 2 assists and 7 points to help Phoenix pull within 98-93 at the end of the third quarter.

Jonas Valanciunas had 5 points as New Orleans began the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run that produced a 12-point lead. Valanciunas finished with 10 rebounds. – Rappler.com

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