Zion scores 15 points on 7-9 shooting in second NBA game, not enough vs. Denver
In his second game in the NBA, Zion Williamson built on his debut by scoring 15 points in 21 minutes in the 113-106 Pelicans loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Smoothie King Center.
Zion looked a lot more comfortable in his second match and he scored more like the Zion we were used to seeing — attacking the basket, pounding the ball down low and getting his first dunk off an alley oop from Jrue Holiday in the first quarter.
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He also got a highlight block, sending Malik Beasley’s away and his shot into the first few rows of the stands. Shooting 7-9 from the field, Williamson set a record field goal percentage through 2 games.
Zion Williamson is the first player in NBA history to attempt at least 20 shots in his first 2 career games and make at least 75% of them (source)
He looked much more engaged and and relaxed than he did in his debut a couple days earlier. But Zion’s efficiency wasn’t enough as the Pelicans fell though Zion led the team in plus/minus with +16.
“We talk about adding Zion to the mix,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “There’s not anyone in the world who wouldn’t like to add him to the mix. His integration is fine. We have to find a way to keep them off the offensive boards. We have to find a way to get ourself into transition. The only way we can do that is by not taking the ball out of the basket and getting the rebounds.”