In the quarterfinals of the NBA’s In-Season Tournament, which took place on Monday night, the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Sacramento Kings by a score of 127-117. Brandon Ingram contributed 30 points to the victory.
The New Orleans Pelicans were able to overcome an early disadvantage thanks to the contributions of Ingram, and they never trailed in the second half of the game.
As a result, they will progress to play the winner of the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night in the semifinals on Thursday in Las Vegas.
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“It’s a growth moment for us to have an opportunity to be one of the first,” said Willie Green, the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. The In-Season Tournament is being held for the very first time at this point in time.
You put an important game in front of us, and we want to win at any cost, regardless of who is playing or where the game is being played. All of us in that locker room have the kind of heart that you just described.
The Pelicans secured their third victory over Sacramento in the past two weeks because to the contributions of Herb Jones, who scored 23 points, and Jonas Valanciunas, who scored 18 points.
Additionally, Domantas Sabonis contributed 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Kings, while De’Aaron Fox scored 30 points for the team. After winning all four of their four games in the group round of the competition, Sacramento suffered its first loss of the tournament.
There was a lot of excitement from the crowd, which was completely sold out. Many of the spectators were wearing blue T-shirts that were distributed to give the In-Season Tournament the feel of a playoff.
There was a high level of tension on the field, as evidenced by Trey Lyles of Sacramento getting into a fight with Valanciunas in the first half, which resulted in his receiving a technical foul.
This is a high-pressure game. It was a lot of fun to be a part of,” she remarked. “I believe that the boys simply take pleasure in these kinds of occasions. In our opinion, the most important element is the experience.
When we are in a difficult situation, when we are confronted with challenges, and other similar situations, we can draw upon these experiences for support. This is a moment that we cherish.
During the first two quarters of the game, the Pelicans went on a run of 28-5, during which the Kings made 12 of their first 14 shots and had a 32-17 lead. However, the Kings went cold during this run.
During the spurt, Sacramento was unsuccessful in firing 16 of 18 shots from the field and committed 10 turnovers in the first half of the game.
The statement made by Fox was that “we need to be able to answer their run a lot better.” When you lose possession of the ball, even if it’s just a few possessions, the results start to build up. We were never able to regain the lead after they had taken it once they had taken it.
After a string of impressive jumpers from Ingram, New Orleans was able to extend its lead to fifteen points in the third quarter before Sacramento began to make a comeback.
“Ingram was absolutely incredible,” Green remarked. “He carried us for us by placing us on his shoulders,” she said. Big shot after big shot was coming his way. In the event that we required a large bucket, we would place it in his hands. He is a major player in the game.”
The Pelicans scored nine consecutive points to put the game out of reach for the Kings, who had come within six points of the Pelicans halfway through the fourth quarter.
Before Ingram and Jones each sank a pair of free throws, Valanciunas made a hook shot and Trey Murphy made a three-pointer for New Orleans. In addition, Trey Murphy made a three-pointer.