Devonte’ Graham was back in uniform, Willy Hernangomez was back in the rotation for a second straight game and Brandon Ingram was back to looking like his old self. Add it up, and the result was New Orleans’ most impressive victory of the young season.
The Pelicans wrapped up a two-game homestand by pouncing on the Wizards, scoring 36 points in each of the first two quarters to build a 72-50 lead. Washington entered Wednesday as the Eastern Conference’s fourth-best team, but never led as New Orleans notched its third home win in its last four outings.
Returning from a three-game absence, Graham helped set the tone with a dozen first-half points, while Hernangomez delivered double-digit scoring off the bench again. Ingram rang up 26 points and was 7/8 from the foul line, after a few quiet games scoring-wise.
“Today was a great job by the team, a great win at home,” Hernangomez said on postgame radio. “Now it’s time to celebrate Thanksgiving.”
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Josh Hart banked in a shot from halfcourt at the third-quarter buzzer and was fouled from behind as he released the ball. Hart’s highly improbable four-point play was even more evidence that this was going to be New Orleans’ night, stretching the lead for the hosts from 18 to 22.
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