Phoenix falls again to Pelicans, 129-124 in OT - Highlights
NEW ORLEANS (11-December) —— The New Orleans Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns battled in a thrilling matchup for the second time in as many games on Sunday (11) at the Smoothie King Center, but this time the winner had to be decided in overtime. The Pelicans, led by star forward Zion Williamson, came out on top once again with a final score of 129-124.
Williamson scored a game-high 35 points with eight rebounds and three assists for New Orleans, which defeated the Suns 128-117 on Friday night. Read More: The Latest AP Top 25 Women’s College Basketball Scores – Dec. 11
Supporting well were CJ McCollum, who finished with 29 points and seven assists, Naji Marshall ended with 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while Larry Nance Jr. had 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, and two blocks.
Dyson Daniels chipped in with 11 points and eight assists for the Pelicans (18-8) who won their seventh game in a row and shot 58.1% as a team from the field.
The Suns were paced by Deandre Ayton who had a double-double, with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while dishing out five assists. Mikal Bridges added 27 points, Cameron Payne ended with 17 points, and Torrey Craig finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for Phoenix (16-11) which suffered its fourth defeat in a row.
New Orleans and Phoenix battle it out in overtime showdown
The game was close throughout, with the Suns leading 58-57 at halftime
However, the Pelicans' used a strong run to take a 15-point lead in the third quarter at 90-75 with 3:45 remaining in the period before Phoenix managed to cut the deficit to five points at 98-95 entering the fourth.
The Suns rallied to tie the game at 111 with 2:48 left in the contest and the team then traded baskets down the stretch to finish 117-117 at the end of regulation.
New Orleans used a 10-0 run in overtime to outscore the Suns 12-7 and complete the victory.
This win proves that the Pelicans, who are finally playing with a fit team this season after struggling in recent years with injuries, are now showing their potential and could be a strong contender for the Western Conference title.
Nevertheless, we will continue to monitor them to see if they can continue their strong play.
The Phoenix Suns were without All-Star Devin Booker because of a sore left hamstring that forced him to miss his first game of the season.
New Orleans will look to extend their win streak as they face off against the Utah Jazz on December 13. Phoenix will next play Houston Rockets, also on December 13.
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