PELICANS at SPURS | Zion Scores 22 PTS on 11 SHOTS | NBA Preseason 2019




 PELICANS at SPURS | Zion Scores 22 PTS on 11 SHOTS | NBA Preseason 2019 SAN ANTONIO — The New Orleans Pelicans rallied past the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, riding Zion Williamson’s mighty shoulders and a strong defensive effort to remain unbeaten in the preseason.


Williamson had 22 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes as New Orleans beat San Antonio 123-114 to keep the Spurs winless in the preseason.


“I liked that we woke up defensively very well in the second half,” Williamson said. “Usually, it’s the second group that comes in and sets the tone defensively, but the first group did a better job with that.”


Williamson shot 8 of 11 from the floor, making him 35 of 49 (71.4 percent) in four preseason games.


After trailing by 17 points in the first half, New Orleans outscored San Antonio 67-48 in the second half as Williamson dominated every matchup Spurs coach Gregg Popovich attempted. “He’s exactly what you would think,” Popovich said. “He’s a competitor and a great combination of speed and strength.”

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