Pelicans Are In the Playoffs Thanks To A Big Night From Brandon Ingram

The New Orleans Pelicans qualified for the Western Conference playoffs by overcoming a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to outlast the Los Angeles Clippers 105-101 on the road Friday night. The Pelicans took the West’s No. 8 and final seed for the playoffs with the win.

After CJ McCollum stole the headlines in the first play-in games scoring 32 points in their win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, it was Brandon Ingram who started the game on fire, scoring 16 of New Orleans’ 30 first-quarter points.

After slowing down slightly in the second quarter, BI was huge in the third quarter when the Clippers took their biggest lead of the game at 75-62. Ingram then dropped in five of the Pelicans’ final 12 points to make the lead manageable going into the final frame at 84-74.

When Coach Willie Green gave his team his marching orders, Ingram responded and went outplayed great defense that helped spark an 11-0 run to even the game at 88 apiece.

The Duke product finished with 30 points (14-21 shooting), six rebounds, and six assists. His final assist sealed the game faced with a frantic Clippers double team to Jonas Valanciunas under the basket as time was running out to send New Orleans to the playoffs.

After the game, Willie Green had a lot to say about the star of the game, calling him “The Truth.”

The Pelicans face the top-seeded Phoenix Suns on Sunday.



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