Williamson’s 34 Points Propel Pelicans Past Clippers 112-104

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Zion Williamson‘s electrifying end-to-end play at the close of the third quarter set the tone for a critical 112-104 victory for the New Orleans Pelicans against the Los Angeles Clippers during Friday’s NBA action. His determination was clear as he scored 34 points, helping the Pelicans to close the gap with the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.

“It’s just getting to that part of the season,” said Williamson, emphasizing his readiness to lead the Pelicans in significant games, a role envisioned for him since being drafted first overall in 2019.

“Just trying to let my teammates know, ‘I’m here. I with y’all,’” Williamson continued, showcasing his commitment to the team’s success in every aspect of the game.

The Pelicans’ victory brought them within two games of the Clippers and secured their season series win, 3-1. This outcome could prove pivotal, as it grants New Orleans the tiebreaker advantage should it be needed for playoff positioning.

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Williamson’s contributions are particularly notable given his previous seasons, which were marred by injuries. This stretch of meaningful games has been a new and motivating experience for him.

“It’s great to have him on the floor, playing as well as he’s playing,” praised Pelicans coach Willie Green, highlighting Williamson’s impact.

Green also commended the team’s defensive efforts, particularly pointing out Herb Jones’ spectacular block and subsequent score, which exemplified New Orleans’ defensive prowess.

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Williamson’s role as the primary ball-handler allowed him to spearhead the Pelicans’ offense, dominating the game with his strength and agility, much to the acknowledgment of Clippers coach Tyronn Lue, who noted Williamson’s consistent ability to take over games.

Trey Murphy III and Brandon Ingram also contributed significantly, with their scoring helping to fend off the Clippers’ challenges, especially with critical three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

The Pelicans’ dominance in the paint, led by Williamson, was a key factor in their victory, offsetting the Clippers’ efforts led by Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

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Despite missing James Harden due to injury, the Clippers remained competitive. Norman Powell provided a consistent scoring presence off the bench until an injury sidelined him in the fourth quarter.

The Clippers look to rebound against Atlanta on Sunday night. At the same time, the Pelicans host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, each team eager to solidify their standing as the season progresses.

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