Brandon Ingram lit up the court with a dazzling shooting display to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 138-100 victory over the struggling Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
Ingram’s record-breaking night
Brandon Ingram was the centre of attention with a season-high 41 points, showcasing his scoring prowess and deadly accuracy from beyond the arc. He hit a career-high eight three-pointers, six of which came in a stellar third quarter that wowed fans and teammates alike. Ingram’s stellar shooting performance, combined with his flawless execution and zero turnovers, made him the first player in NBA history to achieve this feat.
Confidence and Contribution
Reflecting on his stellar shooting performance, Ingram said he is confident in his ability to space the floor and make a difference in the long range shooting department. His willingness to shoot the three-pointer not only elevated his individual performance, but also enhanced the Pelicans’ offensive firepower. Ingram has gained insight into his role on the team and will continue to work on taking advantage of defensive opportunities and taking advantage of open looks downtown.
While Ingram’s scoring outburst stole the headlines, CJ McCollum contributed 20 points, including six three-pointers, to further bolster the Pelicans’ offensive firepower. Zion Williamson’s 16 points and Jonas Valanciunas’ double-double performance added depth to New Orleans’ balanced attack, highlighting the team’s collective effort to secure a third straight win.
Raptors in trouble
On the opposing side, the Toronto Raptors struggled to contain the Pelicans offence, suffering their eighth loss in nine games. Despite stellar performances from rookies Grady Dick and Scotty Barnes, the Raptors were unable to match the Pelicans’ intensity and failed on both ends of the court. Head coach Darko Rajakovic expressed his disappointment with his team’s lacklustre performance, emphasising the need to improve and take responsibility for future games.
Ingram’s first half highlights
Ingram showed exceptional shooting ability from the start of the game as he scored 21 points in the first half, showcasing his ability to hit difficult shots from different parts of the court. Williamson also made significant contributions as the Pelicans built a lead from the opening tip and established their dominance over the Raptors.
Contributions from the reserves
Even with the Pelicans starters resting in the fourth quarter, reserve guard Jose Alvarado took advantage of the opportunity and scored 11 points and three steals to further extend New Orleans’ lead and secure the win.
Following their win over the Raptors, the Pelicans continue to build on their momentum and prove themselves to be a formidable force in the league. While working towards a playoff spot, the Pelicans will look to build on their recent success and continue their winning streak. Meanwhile, the Raptors will regroup and refocus as they try to bounce back from their recent struggles and turn their season around.