NBA: Pelicans ride balanced scoring to rout of Thunder | Inquirer Sports

Pelicans ride balanced scoring to rout of Thunder

/ 04:26 PM January 01, 2021

   Brandon Ingram NBA Pelicans

FILE — Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena on December 29, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Brandon Ingram scored 20 points to lift the New Orleans Pelicans to a 113-80 road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

Ingram wasn’t around for the last quarter-plus, however, after being ejected in the third quarter for a flagrant foul.


However, the Pelicans dominated the end, outsourcing the Thunder 28-7 in the fourth quarter to open up what had been a tight game.


With Steven Adams and Zion Williamson making things difficult down low for the Thunder, Oklahoma City focused its offensive efforts on the perimeter.

The Thunder attempted 29 3-pointers in the first half, making 11, and they finished 15 of 48 from behind the arc.

Early on, that shooting was good enough to keep Oklahoma City in the game, as the Thunder hit seven 3-pointers in the first quarter. But New Orleans grabbed the lead late in the first period and never relinquished.

The Pelicans hadn’t done much 3-point shooting of their own until Ingram got hot and hit bombs just over one minute apart to extend New Orleans’ lead to 77-65 with 3:38 left in the third quarter.

Not long after Ingram’s 3-point outburst, his night was over. As Oklahoma City’s Isaiah Roby went up for a layup, Ingram came from behind and went for the block. Instead, his right arm swiped across Roby’s face.

After a review, Ingram was ejected for a flagrant foul with three minutes left in the third.


But by early in the fourth, the Pelicans had put the game out of reach.

New Orleans had seven players score in double figures.

Adams, playing in Oklahoma City as a visitor for the first time after spending his first seven NBA seasons with the Thunder, scored eight of his 14 points in the first quarter. He added 10 rebounds, and Josh Hart also had a double-double (12 points, 11 boards).

Al Horford led Oklahoma City with 17 points, going 7 of 9 from the floor. Only one other Oklahoma City player scored in double figures, Mike Muscala with 10.

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The Thunder have lost three consecutive games after winning their opener.

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