NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 34 points in the same game Zion Williamson returned from a three-game absence, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the New Orleans Pelicans 128-83 on Monday night. sold out Golden State Warriors.
Playing one night after winning on the road for the first time this season in Houston, the Warriors cut Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins from the lineup in New Orleans.
Williamson played 23 minutes in his first game after recovering from a bruised right foot, scoring nine points.
Devonte Graham scored 19 for the Pelicans, who took the lead for good less than two minutes into the game and led by as many as 45 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 15.
Jordan Poole scored 26 for Golden State, which fell to 1-9 on the road.
Golden State’s starting lineup consisted of regular starting center Kevon Looney, along with forwards Anthony Lamb and Jonathan Kuminga, and guards Donte DiVincenzo and Poole.
And they met very early.
Less than nine minutes later, Devonte Graham made a 3-pointer when fouled and made the free throw to give New Orleans a 26-9 lead.
The Pelicans led by as many as 24 in the first quarter when rookie Dyson Daniels’ finger spin made it 35-11.
Ingram and Poole each scored 20 in the first half, but Ingram had much more help and New Orleans went into halftime leading 65-41.
Warriors: 37.8% shooting (28-of-74) overall, including 10-of-43 from 3-point range. … Kuminga scored 18 points, while Moses Moody and JaMychal Green each had 10 points.
Pelicans: They went 4-2 in their six-game home stand. … José Alvarado scored 10, highlighted by stealing him off the back of an upfield pass, which he promptly turned into a floating layup. …he Shot 53.8% (49 of 91), including 15 of 42 from 3-point range. … He outscored the Warriors 60-36 in the paint.
The game marked the second time this season that Golden State visited New Orleans late in games on back-to-back nights and chose to seat its three biggest stars: Curry, Thompson and Green. The Smoothie King Center was packed for both games. The Warriors will not return to New Orleans this season.
Curry last played a game in New Orleans on May 4, 2021, with only 3,700 in attendance due to pandemic restrictions. His last game in New Orleans before the pandemic was on October 28, 2019. “We understand that we have a responsibility in this league, with the franchise that we are, to try to put on the best show that we can every night, but that also includes keep the guys healthy for the long haul,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We do not control the schedule; we just fly where they tell us to fly. Again, I feel bad for the fans, but ultimately our responsibility is to make sure our players are around throughout the year.”
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Warriors: Host the Clippers on Wednesday.
Pelicans: Visit San Antonio on Wednesday.
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