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Zion scores 24, Pelicans pound Memphis 139-111

Congratulating Pelicans coach Gentry on his 500th win, players ambushed him in the locker room, soaking him in bottled water to celebrate the milestone.
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS — Zion Williamson scored 24 points in a little less than 29 minutes on the court, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 139-111. 

It was the first matchup this season between the NBA's top two draft picks. Newly selected All-Star Brandon Ingram scored 20 points and Lonzo Ball hit five 3-pointers to finish with 19 for New Orleans. 

The Pelicans won their third straight and pulled four games behind Memphis for the Western Conference's final playoff spot with 33 games to play. Grizzlies rookie and second overall NBA draft pick Ja Morant scored 16 points.

Congratulating Pelicans coach Gentry on his 500th win, players ambushed him in the locker room, soaking him in bottled water to celebrate the milestone.

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