NBA: Zion Williamson scored a career high 43 points against the Timberwolves, including the last 14 points for the Pelicans.
Zion Williamson leads charge with career high points
Zion Williamson has set himself apart as a superstar-caliber player. As the leader of the New Orleans Pelicans, Williamson has looked like a different kind of beast this season.
The Timberwolves led by five points before Williamson took over, scoring his team’s final 14 points of the game. His 3-pointer and hook shot on back-to-back possessions tied the score at 112-112 with 1:49 left.
New Orleans Pelicans superstar Zion Williamson had a spectacular night as he torched the Minnesota Timberwolves to lead his team to a hard-fought 119-118 win.
With Williamson putting up a career-high in the winning effort, NBA fans couldn’t resist sending in reactions to the performance on Twitter.
Williamson made 14 of 21 field goals and 14 of 19 free throws in his return from a three-game absence due to health and safety protocol. Trey Murphy III added 21 points, CJ McCollum scored 20, Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Naji Marshall scored 12 points as New Orleans won its fourth straight.
Edwards and D’Angelo Russell each scored 27 points, McDaniels added 19, Nowell scored 14, Naz Reid had 13 and Rudy Gobert 10 before fouling out as Minnesota lost its fourth straight.
The Pelicans trailed 55-49 at halftime, but closed within one point on Marshall’s three-point play early in the third quarter.
With a massive performance on Wednesday night to lead the team to victory, Zion is rewarding New Orleans for the faith they showed in him.
Notching a career-high 43 points against the Timberwolves, he displayed his ability to take over games and lead his team over the line.
Zion’s performance against Minnesota was nothing short of special. Notching a ridiculous 33 points in the second half, along with some clutch plays down the stretch, Williamson is displaying tremendous carrying potential.
Russell scored 13 points in the third as the Wolves expanded the lead to 81-71.
New Orleans closed within four on Murphy’s 3-pointer before Minnesota twice increased the lead to seven.
Murphy made another 3-pointer to get the Pelicans within 88-86 at the end of the third quarter.
McCollum scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to give New Orleans a 91-88 lead.
The lead changed hands seven times before McDaniels scored on a drive and made a 3-pointer to give the Wolves a 104-100 lead midway through the quarter.