NBA roundup: Zion gets first win with the Pelicans

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New Orleans Pelicans Power Forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots the ball over Boston Celtics guard Javonte Green (43) and Forward Grant Williams (12) at the Smoothie King Center

Zion Williamson had his first double-double as an NBA player, and the New Orleans Pelicans won for the first time with him in the lineup, 123-108 over the visiting Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Williams, the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft, had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his third game after preseason knee surgery. Jrue Holiday scored a team-high 25 points, and Derrick Favors added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Lonzo Ball added a career-high 15 assists to go with eight points.

All-Star guard Kemba Walker led the Celtics with 35 points, Gordon Hayward scored 23, and Jaylen Brown, returning from a two-game absence due to an ankle injury, added 20.

Before the singing of the national anthem, the Pelicans held a 24-second moment of silence in honor of former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who died along with one of his daughters, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday morning.

Los Angeles Clippers 112 – 97 Orlando Magic

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell added 19 points each as Los Angeles used a third-quarter charge to notch the road victory.

Los Angeles Clippers Forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives past Orlando Magic Forward Aaron Gordon (00)

Lou Williams scored 15 points as the Clippers improved to 4-1 on their season-long six game road trip. Leonard extended his career-long streak of 30-point games to eight.

Michael Carter-Williams scored 15 points as the Magic lost their third consecutive game and fell for the fifth time in their past six games. Orlando lost twice to the Clippers during that stretch, falling 122-95 at Los Angeles on Dec. 16.

Portland Trail Blazers 139 – 129 Indiana Pacers

Damian Lillard continued his scoring spree with 50 points, matched his season high of 13 assists and grabbed six rebounds to lead Portland past visiting Indiana.

Damian Lillard (0) shoots over Indiana Pacers Point Guard T.J McConnell (9)

Lillard made 14 of 23 shots from the field — including 8 of 12 from 3-point range — to become the first player in franchise history to record three straight efforts of 40 points or more.

Jeremy Lamb scored 28 points and Domantas Sabonis had 27 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best 11 assists for the Pacers, who lost for just the second time in their past nine games. Indiana dropped its 11th straight game at Portland.

Other NBA results

Atlanta Hawks 152 – 133 Washington Wizards

New York Knicks 110 – 97 Brooklyn Nets

Denver Nuggets 117 – 110 Houston Rockets

Toronto Raptors 110 – 106 San Antonio Spurs

Memphis Grizzlies 114 – 109 Phoenix Suns

 

Chidi Nwoke.