New Orleans Defeats San Antonio, Washington Suffers Another Loss
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Last night, the New Orleans Pelicans achieved a much-needed victory against the San Antonio Spurs, with a final score of 126:117. The Pelicans had been struggling, having suffered four consecutive losses in the NBA, but they managed to turn things around in this match, thanks in large part to the outstanding performance of CJ McCollum, who scored a season-high 40 points.
He was closely followed by Jonas Valanciunas, who contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Trey Murphy, who scored 15 points. “We needed that type of production from him with the guys being out,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said.
“It’s beautiful to watch when he’s on the floor and he’s scoring like he does." “McCollum dominated the game from the very beginning,” reserve center Willy Hernangomez said. “I’m happy for CJ.
He’s been really getting his rhythm back. Today was a big game for him. I'm happy to see him making shots and making the right decision over and over”. For the San Antonio Spurs, Jeremy Sochan had the highest point total with 23, while Tre Jones and Josh Richardson added 19 and 14 points, respectively.
Despite these efforts, the Spurs were unable to keep up with the Pelicans and suffered their 21st loss of the season, bringing their overall record to 10 wins and 21 losses. On the other hand, the Pelicans were able to improve their record to 19 wins and 12 losses with this victory.
“We’ll get down, figure it out, and then start playing,” Popovich said. “We don’t have somebody like a McCollum that’s going to come in and do what he did to us. We made it a decent game at that point and then he took over.
He was great."
Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards
In another match, the Utah Jazz also emerged victorious, defeating the Washington Wizards 120:112 on their home court. The Jazz were led by strong performances from Malik Beasley and Jordan Clarkson, who scored 25 and 23 points, respectively, while Lauri Markanen contributed 21 points.
Colin Sexton returned to the court after missing seven games due to a right hamstring injury and scored 18 points in 17 minutes of play. “I was attacking the hole and not settling for 3s,” Beasley said. “I think there are some times where I get complacent so I got to keep attacking downhill”.
For the Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal had a team-high 30 points and Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points, but it was not enough to prevent the Wizards from suffering their 14th loss in the last 16 games. The Wizards now have a record of 12 wins and 21 losses, while the Jazz have improved to 19 wins and 16 losses with this victory.