Williamson’s 31 points power the Pelicans over the Kings, 128-123, snapping 5-game losing streak

Williamson’s 31 points power the Pelicans over the Kings, 128-123, snapping 5-game losing streak
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks over Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu (25) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Jan.17, 2021. (Source: Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (WAFB) - The New Orleans Pelicans ended a five-game skid by edging the Sacramento Kings behind a franchise-record performance by second-year player Zion Williamson on Sunday, Jan. 17.

The Pelicans (5-7) came away with the 128-123 win over the Kings (5-9).

Williamson led the Pelicans with 31 points on 13-of-15 (86.6%) shooting from the field. According to ESPN Stats Info, it is the highest field goal percentage in a 30-point game in Pelicans franchise history. Williamson also had six rebounds and two assists.

Brandon Ingram added 22 points. Eric Bledsoe chipped in 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Steven Adams finished with a double-double on 12 points and 15 rebounds. He also dished out four assists.

Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox had a double-double on a career-high 43 points and 13 assists in the loss.

Both teams shot the ball well. The Pelicans were 52.9% from the field and the Kings were not far behind at 51.6%. New Orleans found its range in this one, shooting 11-of-22 (50%) on 3-pointers. The Pelicans also drew lots of fouls. They were 27-of-34 (79.4%) from the charity stripe. They also outrebounded the Kings, 54-39.

The Pelicans led by as many as 19 points.

New Orleans will continue its road trip by visiting Utah (9-4) on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m.

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