NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Lu Dort scored 27 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 108-100 Thursday for their third win.
Darius Bazley scored 14 points, while Matt Muscala had 12, hitting all three of his three-point shots.
Dort made nine of 10 free throws. The last three came after he was fouled by Nickeil Alexander-Walker on the perimeter as the shot clock reached zero. Shooting from the line gave Oklahoma City a 101-90 lead with 2:18 minutes remaining.
Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans, who suffered their eighth loss in a row to fall to 1-11. Alexander-Aalker added 33 points and Devnate Graham added 18 for New Orleans, which started the game without stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.
The Pelicans were further decimated by the expulsion of veteran Josh Hart in the first half.
Still, the Pelicans came to a 67-65 lead in the third quarter after Graham assisted Jaxson Hayes on a dunk. The Thunder took control on a 20-4 streak to close the period.
Oklahoma City led by as much as 21 points when Kenrich Williams hit a jumper to make it 96-75 with 7:51 left.
The Pelicans came within five points when Alexander-Walker, who scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, hit two free throws with 1:08 to play, but Gilgeous-Alexander responded with a 9-foot pullup and the Pelicans did not represent again. a threat.