KidsportsmtNBAMcCollum, Williamson Lead Pelicans to Sweep Over Kings in High-Scoring Victory
KidsportsmtNBAMcCollum, Williamson Lead Pelicans to Sweep Over Kings in High-Scoring Victory
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McCollum, Williamson Lead Pelicans to Sweep Over Kings in High-Scoring Victory

CJ McCollum and Zion Williamson delivered 31 points each as the New Orleans Pelicans secured a 135-123 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, completing a five-game season sweep.

McCollum matched his season high with nine 3-pointers on 12 attempts and contributed seven assists, boosting the Pelicans’ chances of bypassing the play-in tournament. They currently hold the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings, securing the final guaranteed playoff position.

Trey Murphy III provided significant support with 27 points, while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Improving to a franchise-record 27-14 on the road, the Pelicans share the NBA’s best road record with the Boston Celtics. With a 48-32 overall record, they maintain a one-game lead over the Phoenix Suns for the sixth seed with two games left.

Despite De’Aaron Fox’s 33 points and eight assists, the Kings suffered their fourth loss in five games, forfeiting their opportunity to avoid the play-in tournament. Tied with the Lakers and Warriors for eighth place, Sacramento sits at a 45-35 record.

Harrison Barnes contributed 22 points, while Domantas Sabonis secured his 75th double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds, the most since Moses Malone’s 77 in 1978-79.

The Pelicans opened with an 18-0 run, establishing a 34-11 lead. Although Sacramento countered with 15 straight points, they trailed 64-58 at halftime and never managed to take the lead. New Orleans maintained a 57% shooting accuracy from the field and connected on 22 of 40 3-point attempts, while Sacramento shot 55% and made 16 of 38 3s.

Forward Brandon Ingram missed his 11th consecutive game for the Pelicans due to a left knee bone contusion, though he is nearing a return. Additionally, Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. was absent for personal reasons, while Kings center JaVale McGee was sidelined due to illness.

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