Williamson-less Pelicans dump Kings, book 1st round meeting with Thunder

Despite the absence of Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans showed their resilience by defeating the Sacramento Kings 105-98 in the final game of the NBA play-in tournament on Friday.

Even without their star player, the Pelicans managed to secure the win and secure the West’s No. 8 seed to face the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round.

Brandon Ingram stepped up for the Pelicans, contributing 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists in an impressive performance.

The team, boasting a regular season record of 49-33, demonstrated their strength and determination on the court.

While the Kings initially held the advantage, the Pelicans, fueled by the support of their enthusiastic fans at the Smoothie King Center, took control in the second quarter and maintained their lead throughout the game.

A decisive 10-0 run in the fourth quarter solidified the Pelicans’ victory, although the Kings made a late push to narrow the gap.

With Williamson sidelined due to a hamstring injury, the Pelicans will need to regroup and prepare to face the Thunder without their star player.

The upcoming series against the Thunder promises to be a challenging test for the Pelicans, who will need to find a way to contain Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and his teammates.

Despite a 1-2 record against the Thunder in the regular season, the Pelicans are determined to put up a strong fight in the upcoming matchup.

Looking ahead, Game 1 is scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m. (Manila time) in Oklahoma City, where the Pelicans will look to continue their impressive performance and advance in the playoffs.

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