Pelicans pick up 109-99 win vs. Memphis, 1st bubble victory

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Zion Williamson was on the court for the most minutes of the NBA restart and posted 23 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five assists as the Pelicans picked up their first win in the NBA’s bubble.

Williamson played 25 minutes and was on the floor as the Pelicans closed out the 109-99 win against the Memphis Grizzlies.

“It felt great to do that,” Williamson said. “My competitive spirit was turned on, and I was just happy the training staff and my team trust me to be able to close the game out.”

Brandon Ingram scored a game-high 24 points and JJ Redick and Josh Hart contributed 16 and 15 off the bench, respectively. 

Hart’s performance in particular drew praise from Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry as he said the guard was “one of the heroes” for New Orleans Monday night.

“We probably play him more consecutive minutes than anyone because when he’s on the floor there’s a lot of good things that can happen,” he said. “He’s a really good rebounding guard that does a really good job. He’s pretty doggone good when we’re pushing the basketball and he has it in his hands, of getting it to the basket and either getting a layup or drawing a foul.” 

The Pelicans are back on the court Thursday for a matchup with the Sacramento Kings at 12:30 p.m.