NEW ORLEANS (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 11 of his team-high 32 points in the final 7:40 and made all 12 free throws in the San Antonio Spurs‘ 110-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
With the Spurs clinging to a 104-103 lead with 2:04 left, DeRozan scored the following four points, and the Pelicans could not respond. The Pelicans damaged their chances by committing 19 turnovers and going 17 of 32 from the foul line. San Antonio made 27 of 32 free throws.
Derrick White added 22 points for the Spurs, hitting four 3-pointers.
Zion Williamson led the Pelicans with 33 and 14 rebounds, and Brandon Ingram had 24 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Willaimson was 7 of 13 on free throws. After taking just one shot in the second quarter, Ingram took nine shots in the third quarter and made five, scoring 11 points to help New Orleans cut it to 85-84. The Spurs were 1 of 8 from long range in the quarter and were outscored 34-28.
Spurs: F Rudy Gay sat out with a back injury. … The Spurs went to a zone defense in the final three minutes and frustrated the Pelicans. Pelicans: Williamson reached the 2,000th-point mark in his 79th game, the 10th fastest in NBA history, tying him with Rick Barry and Elgin Baylor. … The Pelicans dropped 4 1/2 games behind San Antonio for 10th place in the Western Conference, the final play-in spot. The Spurs also hold a 2-1 series edge on New Orleans. … Coach Stan Van Gundy said G Nickeil Alexander-Walker (high ankle sprain) is escalating his physical activity and may return for the final 10 days. … G Josh Hart (finger surgery) is behind that pace,