CJ McCollum (32) and Matt Ryan (26) led the New Orleans Pelicans, who were missing their one-two punch, to victory.

New Orleans defeated the Detroit Pistons 125-116 in regular-season action of the NBA’s 2023-24 season on Wednesday (March 3) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

New Orleans, which snapped a three-game losing streak, was led by McCollum with 30 points and five assists on three 3-pointers, Ryan with 20 points on six 3-pointers and Jonas Valanciunas with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Detroit, which has lost three straight, was led by Cainham with 20 points and eight assists and Thompson with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

New Orleans started CJ McCollum, Jordan Hawkins, Matt Ryan, Herbert Jones and Jonas Valanciunas with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram out. Detroit started Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Asaar Thompson, Isaiah Stoudemire, and Jaylen Durant.

The teams exchanged fire early in the first quarter, with New Orleans’ outside shooting coming from Ryan, who started in place of Ingram. With a lineup that included the second unit, New Orleans began to pull away and ended the first quarter with an eight-point lead, 35-27, over Detroit, which was split between Cunningham and Thompson.

Detroit briefly found a rhythm after Hayes entered the game, but McCollum steadied the ship and never let the lead slip away. Ryan then capitalized on the space created by Valanciunas attacking Detroit’s paint zone with a three-pointer. Valanciunas also hit from beyond the arc to spark a 14-0 run that gave New Orleans a 23-point lead, 72-49, at halftime.

Detroit, which continued to trade baskets with a lineup led by Cunningham and Hayes, produced the next six points on back-to-back baskets by Marcus Sasser and a breakaway layup by Ivey. Ivey then converted on a fast break layup off a Marvin Begley III blocked shot to close the third quarter with Detroit down by 11, 83-94.

In the fourth quarter, Cunningham and Hayes continued their hot streak, and Ryan cooled things off with a transition three-pointer. The offense came alive, and New Orleans stayed within 10 points. Detroit, facing a four-game losing streak, continued to play its starters. Cunningham combined with Duren and Eliup for a pair of baskets and a breakaway layup of his own, but New Orleans kept the game close with free throws. 보스토토 주소

After hitting both free throws following Duren’s technical foul in the final minute, New Orleans defeated Detroit by nine points, 125-116.

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