Brandon Ingram’s third point gives Pelicans victory over Timberwolves


January 11, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, United States; Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) shoots the ball defended by New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas (17) in the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Ingram scored a record 33 points, including a 3-point tiebreaker with 1.3 seconds remaining, as host New Orleans Pelicans beat Minnesota Timberwolves 128-125 on Tuesday night.

The Timberwolves, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end, tied the score with 3.6 seconds left on a D’Angelo Russell layup.

After a timeout, Ingram took a pass from Jonas Valanciunas and swung a jumper two steps past the arc over the top of the key to give the Pelicans their second victory in six games.

Josh Hart added 21 points, Herbert Jones scored 14, Valanciunas scored 13 points and 12 rebounds, Jaxson Hayes scored 13 off the bench and Graham de Devonte scored 11 for New Orleans.

Anthony Edwards scored 28 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns added 26 points, Malik Beasley had 18 on the bench, Russell scored 16 and Patrick Beverley 10.

The teams have divided their series of seasons, which ended with the game’s most impactful of the four clashes by far. The losing team failed to score 100 points in any of the previous three games.

Ingram scored three straight runs in 24 seconds to help New Orleans score 97-89 at the end of the third quarter.

The Pelicans scored the first three points of the fourth quarter, but Edwards had two 3-pointers and a layup to help Minnesota sit at 107-105.

Hart made a free throw and Graham hit a 3 point pointer that gave New Orleans a 111-105 lead.

Towns scored three points and Edwards added four in a row to give Wolves a one-point lead.

Jones made four straight free throws and Hart added a dunk for a five-point lead to New Orleans.

Edwards responded with a 3 point, but Ingram converted a four point play. Edwards made another 3, but Ingram made a 3 for a 124-118 lead with 50.5 seconds left.

Then came a layup from Edwards and a turnaround from Ingram before Beasley’s 3-point pointer brought Minnesota down to 124-123 with 12.9 seconds left. Graham landed one of two free throws.

–Field level media

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