Brandon Ingram and Pelicans top Suns for even NBA playoffs


NEW ORLEANS – Brandon Ingram scored 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Phoenix Suns – playing without injured star Devin Booker – 118-103 in Game 4 on Sunday night to even the game. first round series.

Jonas Valanciunas reasserted himself in the middle with 26 points and 15 rebounds to help the Pelicans return to Phoenix for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

Booker stretched his right straight after scoring 31 first-half points in the Game 2 loss to the top-seeded Suns. Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 23 points and eight rebounds, and compatriot JaVale McGee had 14 points.

Chris Paul, who had 19 fourth-quarter points in the Suns’ two playoff wins, was limited to four points in 35 minutes. He had 11 assists, but committed three turnovers.

Brandon Ingram scored a game-high 30 points.
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Jonas Valanciunas reacts during the Pelicans' Game 4 win over the Suns.
Jonas Valanciunas reacts during the Pelicans’ Game 4 win over the Suns.
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The Pelicans led 89-85 with 8:05 to go and used a 12-0 run to ice it. Valanciunas, limited to six points in a Game 3 loss, scored 10 points in 3:34 of the fourth quarter to help the Pelicans pull away. He punctuated his scoring streak with a 3-pointer from the left wing.

New Orleans had a 35-23 advantage in the third quarter. Ingram was the catalyst, making 7 of 10 shots and assisting on two more as New Orleans took an 84-74 lead. His flurry started on the Pelicans’ first three possessions of the half, with a pair of 15-footers and a layup.

Chris Paul dribbles to the basket in the Suns' Game 4 loss to the Pelicans.
Chris Paul dribbles to the basket in the Suns’ Game 4 loss to the Pelicans.
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The Suns used a 20-10 run, Mikal Bridges smashing the New Orleans defense with three layups in the final eight minutes of the first half, to take a 51-49 lead at halftime. weather.

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