In a few games this season, Zion Williamson has just been unfair. This one against the Grizzlies in Memphis was one of them.
He was one of five Pelicans to score in double figures in the team's 144-113 win, their second-largest margin of victory this season. The Grizzlies didn't necessarily play bad, New Orleans just outshot the hosts by knocking down 56-of-91 from the field (61.5%) and 19-of-38 (50.0%) from beyond the arc.
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Although not matched up against each other, this was a duel between the No. 1 and No. 2 picks of the 2019 Draft.
Zion Williamson and Ja Morant each had 25 Pts, 5 Reb, & 5 Ast tonight.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 17, 2021
They are the first No. 1 and No. 2 picks from the same draft with 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast against each other since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Neal Walk did it on February 26, 1972 h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/aidRAQQP4z
But Williamson was by far the best player on the court. Alley-oops and dunks are a regular on Williamson's highlight mix but in this one, he also had flashy dimes and a bomb from beyond the arc.
.@Zionwilliamson, DEEP THREAT.#NBAAllStar x #WontBowDown pic.twitter.com/GXhajQPZFA- New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 17, 2021
If you're not watching @Zionwilliamson rn you're missing out 🍿- New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 17, 2021
He and Billy goin' to work! #WontBowDown pic.twitter.com/3WdBnbDVW8
By putting up 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals, he was one assist shy of recording team-high tallies across the board.
It's his sixth 30-point game of the season but what's most remarkable is his efficiency when he scores like this.
His 13-of-16 shooting isn't a one-game wonder, he's been doing it all season. In fact, his season averages through 26 games, put him alongside some elite Hall of Fame company.
#NBAAllStar | @Zionwilliamson- New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 17, 2021
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It's the fifth time in his career that he's scored 30 or more on a field-goal percentage of better than 75%, that's the most before turning 21 in NBA history.
The scoring aside, his all-round play which was on display in this game, has been a huge reason for the Pelicans' recent success. They are an unbeaten 6-0 when he dishes out five or more assists this season, and all those six games have comes in the team's last 11 games.
It's all about consistency now. Going by the recent run of results, if Williamson continues to evolve as a playmaker, the Pelicans appear to have found a winning formula.
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