NEW ORLEANS — Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 21 points, Brandon Ingram returned from a seven-game absence to add 19 and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-101, on Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time) to snap a nine-game losing streak.
The victory was the first at home this season for the Pelicans, who had lost 12 of their first 13 games playing without Zion Williamson, sidelined with a broken right foot.
Blown out at home a night earlier by Phoenix, Memphis used a 10-0 third quarter run to cut it to 81-72, but the Grizzlies could not get any closer.
The Pelicans rank 26th in the NBA in 3-point accuracy, but they made 9 of 15 from long range in the first half to extend their lead to 62-44 – the most points they have scored in the first half this season.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker plays 26 minutes, making 7 of 14 field goal attempts.
Grizzlies: Memphis has lost four of its last five games. … Morant entered the game averaging 30.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.00 steals in 36.7 minutes in his previous three games.
Pelicans: During F Brandon Ingram's seven-game absence, the Pelicanss lost all seven games by an average margin of 14.9 points.
Grizzlies: Host Houston on Monday night.
Pelicans: At Washington on Monday night.
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