Pelicans fall to Pacers, 118-116 in OT

Pelicans fall to Pacers, 118-116 in OT
New Orleans Pelicans (Source: New Orleans Pelicans)

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - The New Orleans Pelicans suffered a gut-wrenching loss at home to the Indiana Pacers on Monday, Jan. 4.

The Pels (4-3) fell 118-116 in overtime to the Pacers (5-2).

Zion Williamson had a double-double on 24 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Brandon Ingram led New Orleans in scoring with 31 points (tied for season-high) and a team-high eight assists. Lonzo Ball added 18 points and Steven Adams chipped in 10 to give put all five starters scoring in double figures for the third straight game.

New Orleans was up 106-96 with 2:22 remaining and Indiana went on a 10-0 run to tie it, 106-106, at the end of regulation. With the game tied, 116-116, Malcolm Brogdon hit a 12-foot floater with 3.6 seconds left to win it for the Pacers. He finished with a double-double on 21 points and 11 assists. He also had seven rebounds. Victor Oladipo led Indiana in scoring with 25 points. He also had five rebounds and six assists.

The Pelicans shot 43.6% from the field, while the Pacers made 48.4% of their shots. The gap was even wider on 3-pointers, where New Orleans shot just 33.3% to Indiana’s 42.2%. The Pels were better from the charity stripe and got there more often, 19-of-24 (79.2%) to 9-of-13 (69.2%).

They outrebounded the Pacers, 57-42, especially on the offensive end where they won it, 16-5. However, the Pacers had more steals, assists, and blocks.

The Pelicans will remain at home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-4) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. New Orleans won the first matchup, 113-80, on the last day of 2020.

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