NEW ORLEANS – – Zion Williamson showed no fear of the well-known Jazz rim protector Rudy Gobert and led a relentless – and effective – attack on the Utah basket

Williamson had 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans made a late comeback in Utah Monday night to beat NBA-leading Jazz 129-124

“My mindset was whatever I can do to energize my teammates, I’ll do it,” said Williamson, whose dominant third quarter gave New Orleans a double-digit lead over fourth place After reading her defense for the first two quarters, I really got a feel for it and was on the attack right now ”

Among the defenders he attacked was 7-foot-1 Gobert, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year

“Rudy Gobert is a phenomenal defender and a phenomenal shot blocker so it’s not easy to shoot over him,” said Williamson. “Honestly, I tried to commit the foul at first, but somehow I ended those shots”


Brandon Ingram scored 26 points and Lonzo Ball added 23 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and two blocks, giving New Orleans three starters over 20 points

Pelicans Reserve JJ Redick scored 17 points, highlighted by a pair of four-point games with 3-pointers when he was fouled

Bojan Bogdanovic scored seven threes and finished the game with 31 points for Utah (27-8), which was surpassed the eighth time this season, but also the second time in the livery with 74-56 points in the color three Games

“We have to own the color and have not done that in any form,” said Utah security guard Donovan Mitchell, who scored 21. “This is a heavy loss I think we’re all pretty upset about it because of things It wasn’t like we were tired It wasn’t like they did something (unexpected) We just didn’t have the urgency and that can’t happen ”


However, Ball said the pelicans “knew we could go to the edge against pretty much anyone, which is one of our strengths”

New Orleans led in the second half with 17 points and was still 14 years old when Balls 3 still scored 122-108 points with 3:54

But Utah steadily broke off for the next three minutes, pulling 46 on Roy-1 O’Neales 3 to 125-124, 7 seconds remaining Mitchell, who scored eight of his points in the final minutes to give jazz a chance , missed a moving floater with a chance to bring Utah back to the top

Gobert, who had 22 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, was called for a loose ball foul to score the rebound and Williamson hit two free throws to bring New Orleans to three

Utah’s last chance for a tie went awry when New Orleans perimeter shooters flooded and Mike Conley was forced to attempt a leaned double clutch 3 from the corner that missed the rim Williamson directed the rebound at ball that made Josh Hart his last Assist downcourt fired for a game sealing dunk, in which the socially distant crowd of just under 3000 people jumped from their seats in full voices

Jazz: Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points in 27 minutes from the bench Conley finished with 10 points Utah had the highest score in the second quarter of the season with 41 points. Utah shot 455% (46 out of 101), including 17 out of 43 from the 3-point area

Pelicans: Hart scored 13 points for seven rebounds Eric Bledsoe scored 11 points New Orleans shot 565% (52 out of 92), including 7 out of 11 from the 3-point range

The Pelicans were 64-59 behind at halftime, but went into the fourth quarter 11 points ahead after beating Utah 40-24 in the third half.Williamson scored 15 points, adding in the quarter add two templates

His thrust was marked by his conversion from Ball’s three-quarter place praise, with Williamson unbalancing him to the left of the edge and introducing him just before he tumbled over the baseline

“The moment he caught (the incoming pass) I knew he was throwing it,” Williamson said over Ball’s long lob. “When he released that pass, I knew it was on the money I could don’t dip it, so I lay down a little gently ”

Williamson also turned a three-point game on a strong drive to the basket when he was fouled, and one of his assists came after twisting three defenders inward and tossing the ball to Redick for a 3

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