The triple take: Pelicans 129, Spurs 110

Midway in the first half Wednesday, a 6-foot-6 freight train scooped up a loose ball at one end of the court, barreled to the other and completed a ballerina-graceful layup that sent Spurs rookie Jeremy Sochan sprawling.

This was Zion Williamson, run amok.

The New Orleans forward finished with 32 points to pace an easy-does-it 129-110 victory at the AT&T Center.

More often than not, Williamson added injury to insult.

The loss was the Spurs’ sixth in a row, marking the longest losing streak of the season. It was the fifth of those defeats to come by double figures.

It marked the fourth straight game in which the Spurs trailed by as many as 18 points.

Devin Vassell scored 24 points to lead the Spurs, while Doug McDermott matched a season high with 21 off the bench.

New Orleans led wire-to-wire, thanks to Williamson’s bullying and 18 points off the bench from Devonte’ Graham.

The Spurs never really found their way into the game, except for a stretch of the second half.

It added up to the Spurs’ 11th loss in 12 games this month.

Here are three takeaways from Wednesday’s game:

1. A better start would have helped

Gregg Popovich was back on the bench Wednesday after missing Sunday’s loss to the Lakers with an illness.

He did not like what he saw from his team in the early going against the Pelicans.

The Spurs never could seem to…

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