While playing at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night, the New Orleans Pelicans were victorious over the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 124-114. After a losing string of two games, the Pelicans have now won their first game of the season, bringing their overall record to above.500.
Through his 33-point performance, Zion Williamson created a new chapter in NBA history. It was revealed by Philadelphia a half-hour before the game that the reigning Most Valuable Player, Joel Embiid, would not be playing due to an illness.
New Orleans made quick most of the opportunity presented by Embiid’s absence. There were ten points scored by Jonas Valanciunas in the quarter, and New Orleans as a team scored twenty points in the paint during that period.
The return of CJ McCollum was eagerly anticipated by everyone. In his first game since the beginning of November, McCollum showed his return by scoring eight points, including two three-pointers. During the first quarter, Philadelphia appeared to be outmatched by the Pelicans, who had a 16-point lead at one point in the game.
During the first quarter of the game, Tyrese Maxey led the 76ers in scoring with seven points. Towards the end of the third quarter, the Pelicans experienced a significant setback when Jose Alvarado suffered an ankle injury as a result of a turnover.
During the third quarter, Alvarado made his way back to the locker room after limping to the locker room. At the beginning of the second quarter, New Orleans had a 39-24 lead and had captured 77% of their field goal attempts.
The offensive effort that New Orleans employed was well-balanced, which allowed them to expand their lead to 24 points during the second quarter. A total of four players for the Pelicans scored in double figures, with Zion Williamson being the most prominent with 16 points.
The Sixers were only able to score 24 points in the quarter because to New Orleans’s defense. At their free throw line, the Pelicans displayed a sign of optimism that was quite promising. As the first half came to a close, the Pels had a 68-48 lead and had hit 87% from the free throw line.
The Pelicans extended their dominance in the third quarter, which resulted in them building a lead of 29 points at one point. After going 10 for 10 from the field through the first three quarters of the game, Zion Williamson managed to lead all scorers with 29 points.
He was virtually impossible to defend. The Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey tried everything in his power to try to lead a comeback for the Sixers. The New Orleans lead was still 102-81 going into the final quarter, despite the fact that he scored 12 points in the quarter, giving him a team-high 27 points from that quarter.
When there were three minutes left in the game, Philadelphia gave New Orleans a little fright by trimming the Pels’ lead to 116-104. This brought the score to 116-104. When it came time to finish the game, the Pelicans were compelled to bring back their starting lineup.
The poor ball handling of New Orleans was the spark that sparked Philadelphia’s run. As the game came to a close, the Pels committed 21 turnovers, which resulted in the Sixers scoring 24 points. However, despite the messy conclusion, there were a lot of other things that were good about this game.
During a game, Zion Williamson made history by being the first player in the history of the club to shoot 11/11. It is the seventh most points scored all-time in the history of the NBA without missing a single shot. Against the Sixers, who were without Embiid, the Pels were able to dominate the paint. In the paint, New Orleans outscored Philadelphia by a score of 60-50 and outrebounded them by a scoring margin of 41-30.
Additionally, the Pelicans contributed 33 assists to the victory in the game. The New Orleans Saints will play the San Antonio Spurs at home on Friday, and then they will fly to Chicago to play the Chicago Bulls on Saturday and Sunday evening.