Leave it to the San Antonio Spurs to play the role of party poopers.
They took down the Pelicans 121-117 in the Smoothie King Center on the night of Zion Willamson's first NBA game. The top overall pick in the draft finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists. We knew Zion would be on a minutes restriction playing for the first time since having knee surgery in October. He logged 18 minutes and really came alive on the 4th quarter, scoring 17 while making four straight three pointers:
The rest of the Pels flock couldn't drain the deep ball. As a team, New Orleans went 14 of 36 from beyond the arc and shot 46% from the floor on the night. The Pelicans fall to 17-28 on the season with this loss and will next host the Denver Nuggets Friday night.