NBA ROUNDUP: Warriors lose by 45 to Pelicans as Curry, Thompson and Green get night off,

NBA ROUNDUP: Warriors lose by 45 to Pelicans as Curry, Thompson and Green get night off,

Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 34 points in the same game Zion Williamson returned from a three-game absence, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the depleted Golden State Warriors 128-83 on Monday night.

“He was fantastic all game,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said of Ingram, who hit 12 of 19 shots and whose repertoire included transition 3s, driving dunks, and late-shot-clock turnaround fade-aways. “He played with power. When he decided to go (to the basket), he went fast. … It was just good to see him put on an all-around good game.”

The Warriors played on a night after winning on the road for the first time this season over Houston, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins from the New Orleans lineup.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) shoots against Golden State Warriors

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) shoots against Golden State Warriors

“This was just a night for the young guys to get a chance to play and it was a tough night,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “New Orleans played really well.”

Williamson played 23 minutes into his first game back from a bruised right foot and scored nine points.

“I was very excited to be back there,” said Williamson. “We got a great win. The score speaks for itself.”

Green said there was no predetermined limit on Williamson’s playing time, which was dictated more by the size of New Orleans’ lead.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson slam dunks over Golden State Warriors

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson slam dunks over Golden State Warriors

Devonte Graham scored 19 for the Pelicans, who took the lead for good less than two minutes into the game. Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 13 rebounds and CJ McCollum scored 15.

Jordan Poole scored 26 for Golden State, which made 28 turnovers and fell to 1-9 on the way.

“The effort was there, but we didn’t execute it very well,” said Kerr. “A lot of that is one of mine. I need to work with these guys and do a better job of learning execution and getting our guys to understand the value of the ball.”

The starting lineup for Golden State was usual starting point Kevon Looney, along with forwards Anthony Lamb and Jonathan Kuminga, and guards Donte DiVincenzo and Poole.

Less than nine minutes later, Graham’s 3 fouled gave New Orleans a 26–9 lead. Rookie Dyson Daniels’ finger roll made it 35-11 before the first quarter ended.

Ingram and Poole each scored 20 in the first half, but Ingram had much more help and New Orleans led 65-41 at halftime.

Stephen Curry sits on the couch in street clothes after getting a night's rest

Stephen Curry sits on the couch in street clothes after getting a night’s rest

Andrew Wiggins, second from left, and Klay Thompson, second from right, are both sitting on a bench in street clothes

Andrew Wiggins, second from left, and Klay Thompson, second from right, are both sitting on a bench in street clothes

BULLS 121, KELTICS 107

DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points, Zach LaVine added 22, and the Chicago Bulls ended Boston’s nine-game win streak by beating the Celtics 121-107 on Monday night.

Patrick Williams scored a season-high 17, and the Bulls made it look pretty easy against the team with the NBA’s best record. They led by 13 at halftime, made it to 21 in the third quarter and withstood a push to come away with the win after dropping four straight and five from six.

Jayson Tatum led Boston with 28 points. Jaylen Brown scored 25 and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 23 points, shooting 5 of 6 on 3-pointers.

Chicago Bulls DeMar DeRozan shoots over Boston Celtics Al Horford in the second half

Chicago Bulls DeMar DeRozan shoots over Boston Celtics Al Horford in the second half

BUCKS 119, TRAIL BLAZERS 111

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points and Milwaukee pulled away in the second half to beat Portland.

Antetokounmpo shot 16 of 24 to go with seven rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. Milwaukee improved to 12-4 overall and 9-1 at home.

Bucks guard Jrue Holiday scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Grayson Allen added 17 points and eight rebounds. Holiday had the first nine Milwaukee points in the period.

Anfernee Simons led the Trail Blazers (10-7) with 29 points. Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but Portland lost its third game in a row.

Giannis Antetokounmpo appears to pass the ball in the second quarter during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers

Giannis Antetokounmpo appears to pass the ball in the second quarter during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers

CAVALIERS 114, HAWKS 102

Donovan Mitchell had 29 points and nine assists, and Darius Garland scored 26 to send Cleveland past Atlanta in their first meeting since last season’s play-in tournament.

Trae Young had 25 points and 10 assists, and Onyeka Okongwu had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Major off-season signing Dejounte Murray scored 11 on 4-of-18 shooting.

Atlanta claimed the final playoff berth in the East with a 107–101 win at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on April 15, extending Cleveland’s postseason drought to four years. The Cavaliers have not made the playoffs without LeBron James since 1998.

Garland also had nine assists and tied his career with eight turnovers. Cedi Osman scored a season-best 23 off the bench as Cleveland won its third straight on a five-game losing streak. The Cavaliers lead 7-1 at home.

Donovan Mitchell dribbles between his legs before driving to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks

Donovan Mitchell dribbles between his legs before driving to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks

PACERS 123, MAGIC 102

Bennedict Mathurin scored 22 points and Indiana defeated Orlando for its fifth straight win.

Tyrese Haliburton had 18 points and 14 assists for the Pacers. TJ McConnell added 19 points and 10 assists. Oshae Brissett scored 18 while Indiana’s bench accounted for 71 points.

Franz Wagner led the Magic with 20 points and Gary Harris had 18.

Bennedict Mathurin #00 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball during the game against the Orlando Magic

Bennedict Mathurin #00 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball during the game against the Orlando Magic

TIMBERWOLVES 105, HEAT 101

Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and Anthony Edwards scored 10 of his 22 in the third quarter as Minnesota outperformed Miami.

Down to eight players due to injuries and halftime on the second night of a back-to-back, the Heat led by 15 in the first half before Edwards kicked off a run in the third quarter.

Jaden McDaniels added 18 points for the Timberwolves, who won for the fourth straight time.

Kyle Lowry led the Heat with 21 points and Max Strus had 19. Bam Adebayo, who played back-to-back games while battling a knee injury, had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which has lost four in a row.

Jimmy Butler missed his third straight game with a knee injury for the Heat, who were also without Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent.

Karl-Anthony Towns (32) drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward Jamal Cain (8) defends

Karl-Anthony Towns (32) drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward Jamal Cain (8) defends

KNICKS 129, THURS 119

Jalen Brunson had a season-high 34 points, while RJ Barrett and Julius Randle scored 25 each to lead New York over Oklahoma City.

Just eight days ago, the Thunder beat the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, scoring 145 points, including 79 in the first half. But this time, New York controlled the Oklahoma City offense for most of the game.

Randle also pulled down 11 rebounds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 30 points and Lu Dort added 24.

Jalen Brunson shoots over Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder

Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks shoots over Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder

CLIPPERS 121, JAZZ 114

Norman Powell led the way for the Clippers with 30 points off the bench as the Clippers were able to hand the Jazz a loss in the evening.

Reggie Jackson recorded a team-high 36 minutes on his way to 27 points, helping Powell pick up the deficit for a team missing Paul George.

Jordan Clarkson and Lauri Markkanen gave their best, scoring 26 and 25 points respectively, but it wasn’t enough to overcome LA’s more efficient scoring output.

Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates a 3-point shot with Norman Powell #24 against the Utah Jazz

Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates a 3-point shot with Norman Powell #24 against the Utah Jazz

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