SuperTalk Mississippi

Thunder storm Pelicans 110-96 Saturday night

New Orleans forward Zion Williamson shoots a close basket against Oklahoma City on Nov. 28 (Hunter Dawkins/The Gazebo Gazette)

Outperformed and undermanned have been the latest forces facing the New Orleans Pelicans, with stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram out once again in a Saturday night 110-96 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Behind 22 turnovers, a 63-44 halftime deficit, and being 9-21 in their last 30 games since Williamson got hurt after starting with a Western Conference-best 23-12 record, the downward spiral for the Pelicans has been apparent.

The Pelicans also recently lost point guard Jose Alvarado, MVP of the Futures Game during the All-Star break, and power forward Larry Nance, Jr. for at least the next two weeks until evaluation. Following Saturday’s loss, New Orleans now sits even with Oklahoma City at 32-25 and is a half game behind Utah for the final play-in spot with 15 regular season games left to play.

Oklahoma City outscored New Orleans convincingly in the first half, taking a 63-44 lead into the locker room and never allowing the Pelicans to come closer than nine points in the second half. Point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 35 points without shooting a single three-pointer. He shot nearly 50% from the floor while shooting guard Josh Giddey scored 19 points on 8-12 shooting.

CJ McCollum led the Pelicans with 26 points on 8-20 shooting with seven rebounds and eight assists. Although New Orleans outrebounded Oklahoma City 43-38 and had a higher three-point percentage (35.3%), the team stayed in foul trouble with all five starters being called for at least three personal fouls.

Next up for the Pelicans will be a Sunday night matchup against Portland at 6 p.m. CT in New Orleans.

Stay up to date with all of Mississippi’s latest news by signing up for our free newsletter here

Copyright 2024 SuperTalk Mississippi Media. All rights reserved.

Related posts

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More