On Wednesday, the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were leading the Western Conference, by a score of 117-106 in the National Basketball Association. Zion Williamson and C.J.
McCollum scored a combined 51 points. Williamson, a power forward for the Pelicans, led the scoring with 27 points throughout the game, and McCollum contributed 24 points as New Orleans pulled off an incredible victory away from home. McCollum’s total included four three-pointers, and Brandon Ingram (19 points) and Herbert Jones (16 points) also contributed significantly to the team’s success with substantial contributions.
Jones scored 26 points, including four three-pointers on five attempts. Anthony Edwards scored 35 points, which led the Minnesota team’s scoring. The New York Knicks defeated Minnesota just two days after they suffered a loss to them on New Year’s Day. This was the first time this season that the Wolves (24-9) have lost consecutive games.
In the meantime, the Pelicans have won their fourth consecutive game, which places them in fifth place in the Western Conference. They are currently attempting to make it back into the playoffs this year, having missed out on the playoffs in 2022-2023. Willie Green, the coach of the Pelicans, stated “they are a really good team; they are the best team defensively and sound offensively, so to come in here and get a win against a talented and well-coached team like Minnesota is huge for us.”
He was referring to the Minnesota Timberwolves. “It was a good result for us to win by the wire.” Wherever else When the Indiana Pacers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the most recent round of their long-running rivalry on Wednesday, they achieved back-to-back victories over the 2021 NBA champions.
The Pacers won the game by a score of 142-130. Wins are a lot of fun. Tyrese Haliburton, the point guard for the Pacers, led the scoring for the team with 31 points on a night when seven Indiana players produced double-digit tallies for the home team. The Pacers were trailing by two points at the halftime break, but they took control of the game with a 47-point third quarter. “Winning is fun, and we’re having fun doing it right now—we’ve got to continue competing at a high level,” said Haliburton.
“We’re having fun being successful right now.” In the event that we continue to get solid shots, then good things will occur. According to Haliburton, the Pacers’ game-changing performance in the third quarter, which left Indiana in the lead by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter, was largely attributed to the changes that were made to the team’s defensive unit. “We just needed to lock in defensively—we’ve been scoring pretty well against those guys all year, so we needed to figure out a way to get some stops, and we were able to do that in the second half,” he said. “We were able to get some stops.” Bennedict Mathurin drew a foul from Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo in the fourth quarter, which sparked an altercation between numerous players from both teams.
Recent encounters between the two teams have resulted in tempers exploding, and there was a flashpoint in the fourth quarter when the foul was called. In Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo led the team in scoring with 26 points, while Damian Lillard contributed 23 points and Khris Middleton contributed 13. Meanwhile, Bucks coach Adrian Griffin pointed the finger of blame at his team’s turnover count, which totaled thirteen, for the team’s inability to win the game. Griffin said: “We gave ourselves a chance, but it’s hard when you turn the ball over.”
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the Hawks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were in good condition, by a score of 141-138. Jalen Johnson scored 28 points, and Trae Young added 24 points to the overall total. Oklahoma City had arrived in Georgia on the heels of a run of five consecutive victories, a run of results that included an amazing home victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday as well as a victory over the
Denver Nuggets, who were the reigning NBA champions, the previous week. However, despite yet another brilliant performance from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists, the Thunder were unable to come out on top as Atlanta won the game from start to finish.