National Basketball Association
New Orleans 109, Oklahoma City 95
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 29, 2021
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
#60 James Williams, #56 Mark Ayotte, #20 Leroy Richardson
Zion Williamson scored 27 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 109-95 road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
The Pelicans, who won for the third time in five games, moved within three games of the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference with the win and Golden State's loss at Minnesota.
The Thunder lost for the 15th time in 16 games.
Brandon Ingram added 24 points for the Pelicans (28-35), who were just 5 of 29 on 3-point attempts but scored 64 points in the paint.
In New Orleans' loss at Denver a day earlier, Williamson's potential game-tying shot in the closing seconds was blocked by Nikola Jokic on a play the NBA's two-minute report said Thursday should've been a foul.
On Thursday, the Pelicans didn't let it come down to the wire.
New Orleans grabbed control with a 19-3 run to end the first half, led by Williamson and Ingram. The duo combined for 15 of the Pelicans' points during the stretch.
While New Orleans heated up offensively, the Thunder went cold, going just 1-for-9 from the field in the final six minutes before halftime with six turnovers.
The Pelicans were without Steven Adams for the second time in three games due to a toe injury.
The Thunder's ever-changing rotation went through another evolution against the Pelicans with the two newest members of the team -- Charlie Brown Jr. and Gabriel Deck -- taking over the minutes of Kenrich Williams.
Williams was the only Oklahoma City player to play in all 62 games going into Thursday's game, but he did not make an appearance in the loss.
Deck, who recently signed a multiyear deal with the Thunder after playing the last three seasons in Spain, made his NBA debut late in the first quarter and was immediately given the task of guarding Williamson.
Deck played 15 minutes, going 1 of 5 from the floor. Brown was 1 of 5 from the field in nine minutes, and both players scored two points.
Luguentz Dort led the Thunder (21-42) with 17 points while Theo Maledon had 16 and Darius Bazley added 15 -- 10 in the first quarter. Moses Brown added 18 rebounds.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Zion Williamson 27
Luguentz Dort 17
Lonzo Ball 6
Ty Jerome 4
Lonzo Ball 10
Moses Brown 18
Willy Hernangomez 3
||Free Throws Made
Theo Maledon 4
Lonzo Ball 3
Isaiah Roby 3
Jaxson Hayes 2
Theo Maledon 2
Team Stats Summary
Oklahoma City will play their next game at home against Indiana. The Thunder have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .357 after a loss.
New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .457 after a loss.