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Thunder enters All-Star break with wild win in New Orleans

Thunder enters All-Star break with wild win in New Orleans”

Thunder centre Steven Adams capped his 11-point, 11-rebound, three-block night with a clutch jumper in the paint that made it 119-114.

With seconds left in the first half of Oklahoma City Thunder's road game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Kiwi big man casually launched a one-handed shot from inside his own back-court just before the buzzer. JJ Redick scored 24, Lonzo Ball had 16 points and Jrue Holiday totaled 14 points and 11 assists.

Steven Adams celebrates his stunning half-court shot against the Pelicans.

Oklahoma City shot 13-of-27 (48 percent) from behind the arc.

Schroder's 3-pointer put the Thunder back on top, but Williamson answered with back-to-back baskets.

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Danilo Gallinari scored 29 points, Chris Paul had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-118 on Thursday night.

The Thunder are putting up 110.4 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

New Orleans is coming off a 138-117 win at home over Portland on Tuesday for a third straight victory. The Pelicans entered Wednesday tied for fourth in the Southwest Division, 11 games behind the Rockets for the top spot.

The Thunder have won all three meetings with the Pelicans this season, but New Orleans didn't have Zion and the Pelicans weren't playing almost as well as they are now. The Pelicans blew the doors open by outscoring the Trail Blazers 41-21 in the third quarter and led by as many as 26 in the fourth en route to the win. The over is 4-0 in Pelicans last 4 games as a favorite. Brandon Ingram has been leading the Pelicans with 24.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

The Pelicans are putting up 115.7 points per game on offense this year while shooting 46 percent from the field. Zion Williamson made his season debut against the Spurs on January 22 and has averaged 21 points and 7.7 boards since his return. The public betting now has 76 percent going on New Orleans as the home favorite. Ingram is questionable after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.



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