New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson admitted that completing a comeback win from 24 down against the Boston Celtics was big for his side. Midway through the third quarter, the Pelicans found themselves trailing by 24 points but they refused to give up and ended up winning in overtime 120-115.
Williamson finished the game with a double-double as he had 28 points and 10 rebounds. "It was a big win for us. We stayed true to who we were," Williamson said, per ESPN. "We rallied back. Everybody, the coaches, the players, the ball boys, everybody was just engaged.
We needed all that energy, and we pulled through." After falling down by 24 points, Pelicans guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart stepped up on the defensive end. "Me and J-Hart, we're looked upon to guard the stars of the other team pretty much night in and night out," Ball said.
"We just did our best to slow those guys down the best we could. It's not just two guys guarding the ball, though. We all came together on that side of the ball."
Williamson came up clutch
While the Pelicans were down 106-105, Williamson took the ball to the basket and scored a layup and got fouled.
"That means a lot to me," Williamson said of getting the ball in that moment. "That's what every player puts in hard work, to be in those moments. ... [Assistant coach Teresa Weatherspoon] especially. When she saw I was frustrated in the first half and came to me and gave me a lot of words about confidence.
It means a lot. "They are all looking at me in that moment like, 'We with you. Whatever decision you make, we're with you.' To have people behind me like that, it means a lot." Pelicans forward Ingram scored a game high 33 points.
"I don't think he needed any extra encouragement," Ingram said of Williamson. "He made a basketball play that we believe in, and he made the shot." With 34.4 seconds left in overtime, Williams kicked the ball to Ingram, who knocked down a three.
"Whenever I'm in the pick-and-roll as the ball handler, I try to make the best read," Williamson said. "I think in that situation, after me getting to the basket a couple times, I read that they were going to collapse.
As soon as they collapsed, Brandon is a knockdown shooter. He was there, so I made the pass. As y'all saw, he's built for those moments."