The New Orleans Pelicans, third in the Western Conference, received the Denver Nuggets, second in the same conference, Sunday in the NBA regular season. And the Louisiana franchise won (121-106), winning a fourth consecutive success which allowed it to overtake its evening rival in the standings. Denver had however made a better start, leading 30-16, after nine minutes of play. But, at the end of the first quarter, New Orleans had made up almost all of its delay.
There followed a mano a mano which lasted until the start of the last quarter, when the Pelicans definitely flew away (96-83, 38th), leaving their opponent without reaction. Coming from the bench, Jose Alvarado scored 38 points (12/19 in shooting including 8/11 from three points) in 27 minutes of play for New Orleans. Zion Williamson scored 25 pts. For the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic had a double-double, with 32 points and 16 rebounds.
44-point lead for Phoenix at San Antonio
At the same time, the Phoenix Suns, leaders of the Western Conference, inflicted a correction on the San Antonio Spurs (133-95), at home in Texas. The locals held a quarter (35-30, 12th), before being clearly left behind at the break (71-41). The zenith of the Suns was reached in the 29th minute of play, when they got a gap of 44 points (93-49).
The Arizona franchise won thanks to the trio of Deandre Ayton (25 points and 10 rebounds), Devin Booker (20 pts) and Mikal Bridges (20). San Antonio, who suffered an 11th straight loss, consoled themselves with the game’s leading scorer, Keldon Johnson and his 27 points. The Phoenix Suns continue to lead their conference, with a win over New Orleans and two over Denver.