Zion Williamson Makes History In Pelicans Win
Zion Williamson made history in the New Orleans Pelicans’ win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Obviously beating Cleveland is nothing special in itself. Everyone does it. The Cavaliers are an awful team and at 17-42 are tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference with the equally embarrassing New York Knicks.
What was special about Friday night, however, is that Williamson scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and it marked the 10th consecutive outing in which he recorded more than 20 points. That is a record for a teenager in the NBA.
Williamson’s record was previously held by current Portland Trail Blazers veteran, and then-Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony.
After being told about his record, Williamson remained fairly subdued.
“I think y’all and the world and the media are more happy for me than myself,” the rookie said.
“Honestly, I don’t think much of it. I just want to get the win. My stepdad taught me growing me up that if the team has success, individual success will follow.”
So far this year Williamson is averaging 23.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per outing. In the 13 games he has played, New Orleans is 8-5.
Suddenly, a team that at one point in the season looked dead in the water, is now within two games of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final postseason berth in the Western Conference.
Will the Pelicans actually end up making the playoffs? Time will tell. But either way, with Williamson as their star, the team’s star, their future looks very bright.
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