NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brandon Ingram overcame a poor shooting performance that included missing 15 of his first 17 shots by scoring five points in the final 62 seconds to help the New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Miami Heat 110-104 on Friday night.
The Pelicans, who led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter, snapped a three-game losing streak. Miami had its four-game winning streak halted.
Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans with 20 points, and Josh Hart came off the bench to finish with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Zion Williamson added 17 points and Lonzo Ball added 16, including four straight when the Pelicans’ fourth-quarter lead was slipping away. Ball also had nine rebounds and eight assists.
Miami got a game-high 26 points from Jimmy Butler and 24 from rookie Duncan Robinson, who had eight 3-pointers.
With the eight 3s, Robinson has made 233 3-pointers this season, the most by an undrafted player during a single season in NBA history.
New Orleans led 93-79 when Williamson slammed home a dunk off a feed from Holiday, but the Heat scored 10 straight, including a pair of 3-pointers by Robinson to claw back within 93-89 with 6:14 left. The Pelicans went eight possessions without a point.
The Heat moved within 97-96 with 3:53 left on a finger roll by Derrick Jones Jr. that came after a steal by Butler. When Robinson hit his fourth 3-pointer of the quarter, Miami was within 100-99 with 3:12 left.
The Pelicans took a 65-51 halftime lead despite a 1 for 9 offensive performance by Ingram. Playing on his 25th birthday, Hart made up for Ingram’s slow start, coming off the bench to score 12 points and grab nine rebounds in just 11 first-half minutes.
Williamson had 11 points in the first half, including a leaping catch off the glass of a wild pass by Holiday that he softly cradled and put into the basket. That was part of an 18-5 New Orleans run.
Butler kept the Heat within striking distance with 15 first-half points.
Heat: F Jae Crowder took an elbow to the jaw from Zion Williamson in the first half and missed the rest of the game. … Rookie G Tyler Herro missed the game with right ankle soreness. … Backup C Meyers Leonard sat out with a sprained left ankle.
Pelicans: No. 1 pick Zion Williamson’s 13-game streak of scoring at least 20 points was snapped. … The Pelicans had lost four of five coming in, but now face a four-game road trip (Minnesota, Sacramento, Utah and the LA Clippers). … Alvin Gentry won his first challenge of the season when he stopped the clock and the refs agreed that Bam Adebayo struck Derrick Favors in the jaw on his way to layup. A potential 3-point play was nullified.
Heat: Visit Washington on Sunday night.
Pelicans: Visit Minnesota on Sunday night.
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