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Brandon Ingram leads Pelicans to rout of Magic

/ 02:21 PM April 23, 2021
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FILE PHOTO Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter at Moda Center on March 18, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Brandon Ingram scored 29 points, Zion Williamson added 23 and the visiting New Orleans Pelicans raced to a 22-point halftime lead and routed the Orlando Magic 135-100 on Thursday night.

Ingram made 11 of 17 field-goal attempts and Williamson sank 9 of 12 as the Pelicans (26-33) ended a four-game losing streak.

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Willy Hernangomez had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 15 points for New Orleans, making 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Steven Adams had 12 points and nine rebounds before sitting out the second half to rest a sore ankle, and Jaxson Hayes scored 10.

Mo Bamba had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Devin Cannady scored 17 and Cole Anthony had 14 points for the Magic (18-41), who lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Gary Harris contributed 11 points while R.J. Hampton 10 and Chasson Randle had 10 each.

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New Orleans led by just two points after the first quarter but outscored Orlando 45-25 in the second quarter to take a 74-52 halftime lead. The Pelicans matched their highest first-half point total of the season.

Williamson, Ingram, Bledsoe and Adams had combined for 71 points when Lonzo Ball became the fifth New Orleans starter to score, hitting a 3-pointer for an 88-59 lead midway through the third quarter.

The Pelicans led by as many as 42 points before holding a 108-70 edge at the end of the third quarter.

Ingram made five of his first eight shots and had 12 points as the Pelicans opened a 27-19 lead.

The Magic scored the next eight points to pull even before Williamson’s driving layup with 1.2 seconds left gave New Orleans a 29-27 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Orlando took a pair of one-point leads before a 9-0 run gave the Pelicans a 40-32 edge.

New Orleans kept expanding the lead, and Williamson’s dunk with 3.7 seconds left gave the Pelicans their biggest lead of the first half heading into halftime.

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Overall, the Pelicans made 55.6 percent of their shots while the Magic made 36.7 percent.

–Field Level Media

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