Zion Williamson Becomes First Pelicans Player with Multiple 30-Point Games at 90% FG Shooting

– ‣ Zion Williamson is the only player in New Orleans Pelicans history to score at least 30 points in a game with 90% shooting from the field, achieving this feat three times.
– ‣ Williamson leads the NBA this season with 10 games scoring 30 or more points without attempting a 3-point shot, surpassing other notable players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic.
– ‣ Despite a disappointing performance against the Miami Heat, Williamson bounced back with a season-high-tying 36 points, demonstrating his resilience and importance to the Pelicans’ success.


Zion Williamson, huh? That guy’s on fire, literally. He’s the only one on the New Orleans Pelicans who can say he’s scored at least 30 points in a game. And get this, he did it shooting 90% from the field. Not once, not twice, but three times.

So, there was this game against the Detroit Pistons last Sunday. Zion went off for 36 points. Yeah, you heard that right. Plus, he grabbed seven rebounds, dished out six assists, and snagged two steals. All in just 36 minutes.

Now, if you’re into betting, you might find this interesting. The Pelicans are sitting at 15th in the odds to win the championship. According to those in the know, the Lakers and the Warriors are looking a bit more promising.

Oh, and Twitter was all abuzz with Zion’s performance. “Zion Williamson was last night,” one tweet read. It listed his stats: 36 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and a near-perfect 13-of-14 from the field. Yep, that’s our guy, making history for the @PelicansNBA.

Pelicans’ coach Willie Green had a plan. He noticed Zion heating up halfway through the first quarter. “We were just going to ride it,” he said. That’s why Zion stayed in the game until the second quarter. Strategy, folks.

It’s not just any player who can score 35 points without a single 3-pointer and with fewer than 15 field goal attempts. Only two others have done it in the last 20 years: Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard. Now, Zion’s joined that elite club.

This season, Zion’s leading the pack with 10 games where he scored 30 or more points. And guess what? He didn’t even attempt a three-pointer in any of those games. Talk about playing to your strengths.

After a game where he only scored four points against the Miami Heat, Zion wasn’t sweating it. “I wasn’t tripping over that game,” he said. His focus was on winning the next game. And win, they did.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is trailing behind Zion with eight games of 30+ points without a 3-point attempt. Others like Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis, Jarrett Allen, and Bam Adebayo have their own tallies, but Zion’s leading the way.

Basketball Reference tweeted, “Sunday was the 10th time this season that Zion had 30+ points without attempting a three, the most such games in the NBA.” That’s our guy, setting records left and right.

Through 60 games this season, all of which he started, Zion’s averaging 22.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and a career-high 5.0 assists per game. His shooting? An impressive 58.6% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc.

Zion’s not just any player. He ranks 10th in the NBA for field goal percentage, sixth in 2-point field goals, 20th in free throws, and ninth in player efficiency rating. The guy’s a machine.

Next up, the Pelicans are hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. Can’t wait to see what Zion does next. Will he keep the streak alive? Only time will tell.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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