TAMPA, Fla. — — The Toronto Raptors had their dwelling ground shipped 1,300 miles after they relocated to Tampa for at the least the beginning of the NBA season. But it was the New Orleans Pelicans who checked out dwelling at Amalie Area within the season opener for each groups.
JJ Redick transformed a four-point play with simply over a minute remaining and completed with 23 factors, and Brandon Ingram led all scorers with 24 factors because the Pelicans rallied from an 11-point deficit and beat the Raptors 113-99 on Wednesday night time.
Zion Williamson had an enormous second half for the Pelicans and completed with 15 factors and 10 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams scored 18 and 16 factors, respectively, of their first video games with the Pelicans, who delivered new coach Stan Van Gundy a victory in his New Orleans debut.
“I’d say that we fought very laborious in a sport that was very, very irritating,” Van Gundy stated. “We had been turning the ball over, we had been in foul bother, not loads was going proper for us. We hung in there and stored preventing after which made sufficient performs and sufficient pictures to tug away.”
Due to the present Canadian restrictions on cross-border journey as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the Raptors are scheduled to play their first 17 “dwelling” video games at Tampa’s Amalie Area. The second half of the NBA’s schedule might be launched later.
Lowry hit 4 3-pointers within the second quarter, and when Siakam made consecutive 3-pointers, the Raptors opened their largest lead of the sport at 11 factors.
Redick hit a pair 3s late within the second interval, however the Pelicans went into the break trailing 57-50.
Ingram spoke on the significance of Redick to the Pelicans.
“He’s good to have round from a professionalism standpoint, so we wish to have him round,” Ingram stated. “We love that he can shoot the basketball and when he’s open he wants the basketball.”
Early within the second half, Lonzo Ball and Bledsoe hit 3-pointers in a 9-0 run. Then, Ball and Ingram did all of the scoring for the Pelicans on a 10-2 run that completed the third quarter and gave the Pelicans an 88-79 lead. They scored 38 factors within the interval.
″(The third quarter) … zapped our power fairly large time,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse stated. “We did appear to lose a bit power and possibly ran out of a bit gasoline, too.”
About 3,800 individuals attended the sport, and Siakam stated followers within the stands makes a distinction.
“I don’t know if it’s all Raptors followers or what the case may be, however I believed it was cool, simply having individuals round it,” Siakam stated. “Clearly we’re blessed that we’ve some individuals, some kind of power within the crowd to make the ambiance a bit higher.”
Pelicans: Williamson, who averaged solely 27.8 minutes over 24 video games in an injury-filled rookie season, went to the bench with three fouls with 8:10 left within the first half. He did play half-hour. … New Orleans shot 52.5% within the sport and hada 45-35 rebound benefit.
Raptors: The loss ended Toronto’s seven-game win streak in season openers. … It was Lowry’s ninth straight opening-day begin for the Raptors. … The Raptors have seven undrafted gamers on their season-opening roster.
Pelicans: At Miami on Friday. Coach Stan Van Gundy is 21-14 towards the primary of the 4 groups he has coached.
Raptors: At San Antonio on Saturday.