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Ingram scores 34 as Pelicans hold off Thunder, 103-100

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 34 points and the New Orleans Pelicans outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-100 on Monday night.

Oklahoma City had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but Isaiah Joe’s 3-pointer bounced away at the buzzer.

Ingram helped New Orleans win, even though high-scoring guard CJ McCollum sat out with a sprained right ankle.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jalen Williams scored 22 points and Joe added 16 for the Thunder.

Ingram scored 23 points in the first half to help the Pelicans take a 60-51 lead at the break. New Orleans led by 20 in the second quarter.

Oklahoma City chipped away in the third. A steal by Josh Giddey led to a fast break, and Williams' perfect behind-the-back pass to Gilgeous-Alexander led to a two-handed dunk that cut New Orleans' lead to 72-71. The Pelicans took a 76-73 advantage into the fourth.

New Orleans scored the first eight points of the final quarter, but the Thunder rallied again. Oklahoma City gained possession trailing 101-98 with 35 seconds remaining, but the Thunder turned it over.

The Pelicans took a 103-98 lead with 9.5 seconds to play on a pair of free throws by Trey Murphy III. Williams went downcourt for a quick dunk with 5.3 seconds left, then the Thunder forced a turnover on the inbounds pass to gain possession and set up the final sequence.


Pelicans: Ingram scored New Orleans' first 12 points, all in the first 3 1/2 minutes. He finished with 16 in the first quarter. ... New Orleans shot 65% in the first quarter to take a 33-25 lead.

Thunder: Gilgeous-Alexander was named Western Conference Player of the Week for helping Oklahoma City win two of three last week. ... The Thunder started rookies Jalen Williams and Jaylen Williams together for the fifth time this season. ... F/C Jeremiah Robinson-Earl returned after missing 25 games with a sprained right ankle. He went scoreless in 18 minutes.


Pelicans: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Thunder: Host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.


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