Lonzo Ball scored seven 3-pointers
and capped a 33-point performance
with a jump shot with 25.3 seconds to go to be played, followed by four personnel pitches in the final 15 seconds as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Golden State Warriors 108-103.
The triumph was vital to the aspirations of the Pelicans to continue in the fight for a spot in the Western Conference playoff entry tournament.
Stephen Curry, who scored 37 points and made eight 3-pointers, missed a jump shot from outside the perimeter that could have given the Warriors the lead in the final 20 seconds.
The escort Mychal mulder seemed to have a long offensive rebound on his hands when the forward Zion Williamson He stole it and took a clear foul from power forward Draymond Green.
Williamson, who contributed a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, he hit his free throws.
The Warriors fouled Ball two more times after that, but Ball did not fail and New Orleans came within three games of an entry position to the play-in tournament of the Western Conference with six games to play.
The Ball’s big night came just 24 hours after he missed 15 of 18 field goals in Monday’s loss to the Warriors. After his last jump shot touchdown, he briefly turned toward the stands with his chest out.
The base Eric Bledsoe scored 14 points and the power forward Brandon Ingram reached 13 points with the Pelicans. But Ingram, one of New Orleans’ top scorers, went to the locker room with 4:39 minutes to go in the third quarter due to a sprained left ankle and did not return.
The Spanish pivot Willy Hernangómez, with the return of New Zealander Steven Adams to ownership, saw no action by coach’s decision of the Pelicans, Stan Van Gundy.
The Canadian forward Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points Y Green had 12 rebounds and 9 assists with the Warriors, who took the first of consecutive games in New Orleans on Monday night (108-123).
But the Pelicans turned out to be much more competitive in the rematch game.
Although Curry produced about the same pace as the night before, when he also made eight 3s and scored 41 points, New Orleans played better on offense, reducing Golden State’s chances of transition.
The Pelicans also defended more effectively without the ball., preventing other players besides Curry from getting the kind of easy baskets they had hit on Monday night.
Neither team led by double digits the entire game, but Golden State led for much of the second half before Ball helped lead a 29-18 streak to close out the game, tying the score with 3s twice on the final 3:18 minutes.