The Pelicans survive with reserves including Puerto Rican Jose Alvarado and eliminate Sacramento

The Pelicans survive with reserves including Puerto Rican Jose Alvarado and eliminate Sacramento

New Orleans – Effort, crucial plays and production from all available players. That was the key for the New Orleans Pelicans They would overcome the absence of Zion Williamson, keep their campaign alive and avoid a historic defeat.

Brandon Ingram scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 19, in addition to grabbing 12 rebounds, and New Orleans booked a place in the NBA playoffs, beating the Sacramento Kings 105-98 on Friday, in the last game of the NBA mini-tournament. ‘play in’ playoffs.

“We stuck together, we supported each other,” Valanciunas said. “We all wanted to get to the playoffs, and we did it by playing well, supporting each other, defensively and offensively, sharing the ball and making the right play. It’s fun to play basketball like that.”

The Pelicans will visit the Oklahoma City Thunderthe first seed in the West, at the start of their first round series.

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