Zion Williamson continues Pelicans’ hot streak with dunk of the year candidate

No staff within the NBA is hotter than the New Orleans Pelicans proper now, and Zion Williamson is the explosive engine propelling them ahead.

The Pelicans defeated the Brooklyn Nets 104-91 on Tuesday to notch a seventh win of their previous eight video games, with Williamson posting a team-high 28 factors on 11-of-16 capturing plus seven rebounds and 4 assists.

Two of these factors got here on what would have been a dunk of the 12 months frontrunner had Anthony Edwards not thrown the curve someday prior. Nonetheless, it bears saying: this was one unbelievable alley-oop.

Pelicans wing Naji Marshall acquired issues began by choosing Cam Thomas’ pocket within the fourth quarter, resulting in a 2-on-1 quick break with Williamson behind him. Marshall threw again a ball that only a few NBA gamers would have a hope of bringing in. Luckily, Williamson is one in every of them.

You possibly can see the outcome within the video above. You possibly can see the place Williamson caught the ball within the screengrab beneath.

Zion Williamson dunked this. (NBA)

“It was loopy. Me and [Marshall] had simply talked about it,” Williamson stated after the game. “He stated ‘Hey man, while you go to the paint it’s good to begin dunking.’ So when he acquired the steal I stated ‘Oh he is throwing it.’ He threw a great cross, I went and acquired it.”

That efficiency is the newest in a large streak for Williamson, which has put the Pelicans on one other stage. In his final seven video games, the 23-year-old is averaging 26.7 factors, 8.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per sport with 64.0% capturing.

Extra importantly, the Pelicans have moved from 3.5 video games again to only a half-game again from the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place within the Western Convention, which carries home-court benefit for the primary spherical of the NBA playoffs. With 14 video games remaining and the third-place Minnesota Timberwolves lacking Karl-Anthony Cities, it isn’t inconceivable New Orleans may climb even additional.

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