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Pelicans cruise to blowout, end Kings’ 6-game win streak

Nov 20, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New Orleans Pelicans forward Herbert Jones (5) drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the first half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Ingram scored 31 points, Zion Williamson added 26 and the host New Orleans Pelicans ended the Sacramento Kings’ six-game winning streak with a 129-93 victory Monday night.

Williamson scored 18 points in the second quarter to help the Pelicans take a 13-point halftime lead, and Ingram scored 18 third-quarter points as the lead expanded to 31 points at the end of the period.

Herbert Jones Jr. added 18 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and fell three assists shy of a triple-double, and Naji Marshall scored 11 for the Pelicans.

Harrison Barnes scored 16, De’Aaron Fox had 14 points, Domantas Sabonis added 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Kevin Huerter and JaVale McGee each scored 10 for the Kings.

New Orleans outshot Sacramento from the floor (54.3 percent to 37.9 percent) and beyond the arc (42.9 percent to 24.4 percent) and held a 55-36 advantage in rebounds.

The Pelicans will play host to the Kings again Wednesday night to end a six-game homestand while Sacramento will be playing the fifth game of a six-game road trip.

Ingram scored 15 points during a 21-4 run to start the third quarter, giving New Orleans an 87-57 lead midway through the period. The Pelicans led by as many as 36 points in the fourth quarter.

All five Pelicans starters scored as they raced to a 17-5 lead.

Fox and Keegan Murray each made a 3-pointer during a 10-2 run that pulled the Kings within 19-15.

New Orleans rebuilt the lead to eight points before Sabonis and McGee scored four points each to help Sacramento take a 31-29 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The score was tied four times in the second quarter before Jones and Ingram each made a 3-pointer during a 16-2 run that gave the Pelicans a 61-48 lead.

Williamson scored four of New Orleans’ final five points to finish the half with 22 points and the Pelicans held a 66-53 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media