Lonzo Ball fired 33 points and Zion Williamson had a double-double as the host New Orleans Pelicans held off the Golden State Warriors, 108-103, on Tuesday night, May 4 (Wednesday, May 5, Manila time).
Just one night after shooting 3-of-18 (1-of-9 on three-pointers) in a loss to the Warriors, Ball made 11-of-23 shots, including 7-of-13 from beyond the three-point arc.
Williamson tallied 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists as New Orleans (30-36) closed with a 13-5 run.
Eric Bledsoe added 14 points, and Brandon Ingram scored 13 before being sidelined by a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter. Naji Marshall scored 10 off the bench.
One night after scoring 41 points, Steph Curry tallied 37 to lead the Warriors (33-33). But he recorded just two in the fourth quarter.
Andrew Wiggins added 26 points and hit 5-of-10 three-pointers.
New Orleans scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to tie the score, but Wiggins answered with back-to-back triples.
Marshall made two free throws for the Pelicans before Wiggins hit a jumper and assisted on Juan Toscano-Anderson’s three-pointer, which gave the Warriors a 90-81 lead.
Bledsoe had 2 assists and made a triple as New Orleans pulled even at 92.
Williamson assisted on four consecutive Pelicans baskets, the last of which was Bledsoe’s jumper that gave New Orleans a 100-98 lead with 1:30 left.
Draymond Green’s basket tied the score before Ball’s jumper put the Pelicans back on top with 26.2 seconds left.
Curry missed a three-pointer and Mychal Mulder grabbed the offensive rebound, but Williamson made a steal and Green committed a clear-path foul.
Williamson and Ball each made two free throws for a six-point lead with 14.6 seconds left.
Curry’s three-pointer started a 10-2 run that gave Golden State a 72-63 lead midway through the third quarter. Ingram and Ball each made a three-pointer to pull New Orleans within 74-71.
The Pelicans got within a point but didn’t score in the final 2:45 as the Warriors took a 79-75 lead at the end of the third quarter. – Rappler.com