The city of New Orleans experienced back-to-back heartbreaks from their former beloved franchise players. With a little over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the former star of New Orleans’ basketball—Chris Paul—put the nail in the coffin with a fadeaway jump shot as time expired on the shot clock.
The 25-foot jumper gave the Thunder a late six-point advantage, as Oklahoma City took a 107-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, Sunday evening, inside the Smoothie Center in New Orleans.
With the loss, the Pelicans fall to 6-15 on the season while riding a five-game losing streak.
New Orleans held a five-point lead late in the final period before the Thunder closed the game on a 12-0 run to take back the lead. Paul scored seven of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, while Danilo Gallinari led the Thunder with 23 points and 11 rebounds on the night.
Behind Jrue Holiday who led the Pelicans in scoring with 26 points on 52.6% shooting from the floor, 50% from three gave New Orleans a chance to win after trailing by as many as 14 early in the first half.
J.J. Reddick helped the Pelicans come within a point (55-54) by the halftime break, thanks to a perfect first half of 13 points while shooting 5-5 from the field, 3-3 from behind the arc.
After Reddick cooled off in the second half, the Pelicans stayed competitive due to the production coming from Lonzo Ball. After missing the previous two games due to an illness, Ball recorded 14 points and seven assists in his return.
Playing a game-high 40 minutes, Brandon Ingram scored 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in the loss.
Following another tough loss, the Pelicans will return to the court on Tuesday to take on the Dallas Mavericks inside the Smoothie Center in New Orleans. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 P.M.