The New Orleans Pelicans moved to four games over .500 for the first time since the start of the 2018-19 season with a 129-110 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Zion Williamson scored a season-high 32 points (14-18 FGA) and collected his second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. He also had two steals and a blocked shot in an impressive 27 minutes.
Jonas Valanciunas posted his second consecutive double-double, and seventh of the season so far, with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Pelicans improved to 5-2 when Jonas doubled.
Brandon Ingram added 17 points and dished out a season-high 10 assists. Devonte Graham provided a boost off the bench with another season-high 21 points, making six 3-pointers on the night.
And José Alvarado, pushed into the starting lineup with CJ McCollum sidelined, posted a season-high nine assists for the Pelicans.
Ingram and Williamson were masterful in the third quarter in particular. The duo combined to go 9-for-11 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the free throw line, scoring 28 of the Pels’ 38 points in the period.
New Orleans set the tone early on, holding San Antonio to 19 points in the first quarter on 7-for-23 shooting while building a 10-point lead.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans topped 50 percent shooting in each of the first three quarters and finished the night shooting 56.6 percent, their second-best performance of the season.
A 62-46 lead in the paint, led by Williamson and Valanciunas, helped the Pels get plenty of open looks from beyond the three-point arc.
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New Orleans continued to be aggressive on their shots from distance, making 14 of their 33 3-point attempts (42.4%).
The Pelicans have made 77 3-pointers in their last five games, which is more than 36 percent of their season total.
For the Spurs it was their sixth loss in a row and the 11th in their last 12 games.
Devin Vassell led San Antonio with 28 points and eight assists, but received little help from the rest of the starters who combined for 30 points.
Doug McDermott tried to keep the Spurs in with 21 points for the San Antonio reserves.
The Pelicans took care of business on the road, picking up their fifth win in their last six games. They were particularly dominant for the first 24 minutes.
San Antonio managed just 47 points as New Orleans held them to 41.4 percent shooting, continuing a streak of solid defensive performances by the Pelicans.
If you wanted to look for areas of improvement, New Orleans committed 21 turnovers and missed nine of its 30 free throw attempts.
Otherwise it was exactly what it should have been. A solid win against an outmatched opponent.
Now the Pelicans (11-7) can enjoy their vacation as they prepare to face Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.