PHOENIX – JJ Redick started it, Brandon Ingram finished it.
After a scorching-hot first quarter by Redick provided an excellent omen for New Orleans, fellow Duke University product Ingram helped ice Thursday’s road win on national TV, converting multiple big baskets down the stretch.
New Orleans led 95-94 entering the final stanza, which Ingram dominated by tallying 15 points in the fourth quarter, more than doubling than total through three periods. Ingram posted a team-best 28 points; Redick deposited 26 points, including five three-pointers.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Jrue Holiday missed two free throws with 0.5 seconds left and New Orleans up by three, but by the time Phoenix rebounded the second misfire, there were only 0.2 seconds to go, making it impossible for the Suns to catch and shoot a potential game-tying three-pointer. Several possessions earlier, Kenrich Williams stole a Devin Booker pass with 1:20 left, seemingly putting the Pelicans in great position, holding a 122-115 edge. Williams made multiple big defensive plays in the fourth quarter.