Zion Williamson gets off to quick start in Pelicans’ 104-92 preseason win over Magic



Zion Williamson’s Explosive Start Powers Pelicans to 104-92 Preseason Victory Over Magic

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In a basketball showdown in Orlando, the New Orleans Pelicans emerged victorious, defeating the Orlando Magic with a final score of 104-92. Brandon Ingram led the charge for the Pelicans with an impressive 18-point performance, while Zion Williamson showcased his prowess with 16 points.

Williamson’s impact was felt right from the start as he lit up the first quarter, accumulating 10 points, four steals, two assists, and a rebound in just 16 minutes of play. He finished the game shooting 6 of 8, displaying his efficiency on the court. Ingram contributed 8-of-16 shooting to bolster the Pelicans’ offense. Inside the three-point arc, New Orleans was a formidable force, going 35 of 59, but their performance from beyond the arc was less impressive, with just 7 of 28 successful three-point attempts.

The Orlando Magic saw notable performances from Franz Wagner and Moritz Wagner, the Wagner brothers, who combined for 35 points. They were efficient, shooting 15 of 21, while the rest of the Magic struggled, going 20 of 63 from the field.

In another preseason matchup, the Boston Celtics took on the New York Knicks and secured a win with a strong display of long-range shooting, connecting on 23 three-pointers. Jason Tatum led the Celtics with 28 points, and Kristaps Porzingis added 20 to their tally. The Celtics attempted a staggering 52 three-point shots, making 44.2% of them. Jaylen Brown contributed 17 points in his first preseason appearance alongside Tatum.

On the Knicks’ side, Quentin Grimes stood out with 22 points, although the team chose to rest their starters for this game.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder put on an impressive performance against the Milwaukee Bucks, with a final score of 124-101. Josh Giddey led the Thunder with 19 points, and Chet Holmgren added 18. Their team collectively shot an impressive 56.5% from the field. For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 18 points, but Damian Lillard, in his second game with the team, struggled with just five points on 2-of-11 shooting.

The Toronto Raptors continued their unbeaten preseason run, defeating the Chicago Bulls with a final score of 106-102. Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam both contributed 22 points to the Raptors’ victory, showcasing their scoring prowess. For the Bulls, Zach LaVine scored 25 points, and Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulls heavily relied on their starters in this matchup, using only three bench players.

Finally, the Minnesota Timberwolves faced Maccabi Ra’anana of Israel, securing a convincing 138-111 victory. Luka Garza led the Timberwolves with 30 points, while Josh Minott added 23. Notably, the Timberwolves played without their usual starters.

Dwayne Bacon and Dakarai Tucker led the scoring for Maccabi Ra’anana, contributing 26 and 24 points, respectively, in their spirited effort.




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