Zion Williamson scored 14 of his career-high 43 factors within the fourth quarter because the host New Orleans Pelicans got here from behind to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-118 on Wednesday night time.
The Timberwolves led by 5 factors earlier than Williamson took over, scoring his crew’s ultimate 14 factors of the sport. His 3-pointer and hook shot on back-to-back possessions tied the rating at 112-112 with 1:49 left.
Minnesota’s Jaylen Nowell broke the tie with a jumper, however Williamson answered with a layup.
The Wolves’ Jaden McDaniels made two free throws, however Williamson had a layup and a steal and a dunk to provide New Orleans a 118-116 lead with 39.1 seconds left.
Anthony Edwards tied it with a dunk earlier than Williamson was fouled and made one in every of two free throws to provide the Pelicans a 119-118 lead with 4 seconds left. Edwards missed a baseline jumper as time expired.
Williamson made 14 of 21 subject objectives and 14 of 19 free throws in his return from a three-game absence on account of well being and security protocol. Trey Murphy III added 21 factors, CJ McCollum scored 20, Jonas Valanciunas had 12 factors and 11 rebounds, and Naji Marshall scored 12 factors as New Orleans gained its fourth straight.
Edwards and D’Angelo Russell every scored 27 factors, McDaniels added 19, Nowell scored 14, Naz Reid had 13 and Rudy Gobert 10 earlier than fouling out as Minnesota misplaced its fourth straight.
The Pelicans trailed 55-49 at halftime, however closed inside one level on Marshall’s three-point play early within the third quarter.
Russell scored 13 factors within the third because the Wolves expanded the result in 81-71.
New Orleans closed inside 4 on Murphy’s 3-pointer earlier than Minnesota twice elevated the result in seven.
Murphy made one other 3-pointer to get the Pelicans inside 88-86 on the finish of the third quarter.
McCollum scored the primary 5 factors of the fourth quarter to provide New Orleans a 91-88 lead.
The lead modified fingers seven occasions earlier than McDaniels scored on a drive and made a 3-pointer to provide the Wolves a 104-100 lead halfway by the quarter.
Then Williamson took over.