Spurs spoil Zion's Pelicans debut

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By WWL
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, 7 rebounds and 3 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 4 straight 3 pointers. 

SEVENTEEN. STRAIGHT. POINTS.Zion cannot be stopped in the 4th quarter -- pic.twitter.com/NCG9fHW4OW

— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) January 23, 2020

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 and will next host the Denver Nuggets Friday night.