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Pelicans Hold On To Win Over Nuggets, 115-110

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Late-game heroics from Williamson and Ingram help the Pelicans defeat the Nuggets 115-110.

Stars from New Orleans, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, not only helped Denver fall behind by 20 points but also made a late comeback to prevent Nikola Jokic and company from pulling even.

With 4:01 remaining in the game, Denver had closed the gap to one point, but Williamson scored 26 points, Ingram scored 21, and the Pelicans hung on for a 115-110 victory over the Nuggets on Friday night.

Regarding the reigning NBA champs, Ingram stated, “We know who we’re playing.” “We had to maintain our composure, even though we didn’t want it to get to that point.”

During a late 8-0 run that saw Williamson and Ingram each score twice, the Pelicans managed to hold on after in the last 30 seconds, Aaron Gordon, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Reggie Jackson all missed 3-pointers that would have tied the game.

Gordon’s miss caused the ball to go out of bounds for Denver with fifteen seconds remained, and Herb Jones of New Orleans made two free throws after being fouled on an inbound pass with thirteen and a half seconds left.

Williamson remarked, “Me and B.I. definitely got it going when we needed to.” “We get better the more time we spend together on the court.”

With a game won by New Orleans for the second time in a row thanks to 22 points from Jonas Valanciunas, the Pelicans improved to 2-1 in West Group B and left Denver with the same record. On November 24, New Orleans might play the Clippers in Los Angeles with a chance to win its bracket.

According to Williamson, the Pelicans were happy to have maintained their chances of moving forward and potentially even winning the $500,000 prize pool that is awarded to the winner of each tournament.

Giving that to family members or using it for other purposes is an option. That’s a good motivator, in my opinion,” Williamson added. However, we haven’t exactly won anything either. Therefore, I believe that would be like our first step in attempting to win that.

The Nuggets never led in the game, but Nikola Jokic had 26 points, 16 rebounds, and tied a career-high 18 assists. Michael Porter Jr. contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Christian Braun scored 24 points.

In the middle of the third quarter, Ingram scored back-to-back 3-pointers to put New Orleans ahead by as much as 20 points.

However, the Nuggets answered with three consecutive three-pointers from Jokic, Braun, and Caldwell-Pope, and after three quarters, they were behind 95-86.

Coach Mike Malone of the Nuggets stated, “My main theme of this game is that we cannot build ourselves a hole like that, knowing that we are going to get the best of everybody.” “Everyone is eager to defeat the reigning champions.”

Malone continued, “I really appreciated the effort in the second half.” “I would prefer it to be closer to 48 minutes, if that is feasible.”

In the fourth quarter, Denver managed to stay within single digits and took a 103-102 lead as Braun scored on a putback and a layup on consecutive possessions.

At that point, Williamson and Ingram took over, with Ingram’s mid-range jumper setting the tone. Williamson then made it 109-102 with a finger roll and a floater while getting fouled. With 1:50 remaining, New Orleans led 111-102 after Williamson missed the free throw. However, Dyson Daniels rebounded and swung the ball to Ingram for another mid-range shot.

Daniels finished with ten points, and Naji Marshall scored twelve points for New Orleans on four 3-pointers. For Denver, Gordon and Jackson each scored fourteen.

On Saturday, the Pelicans will host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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