NEW ORLEANS — Zion Williamson's first career win came against an Eastern Conference powerhouse in the Smoothie King Center Sunday.
Williamson had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Pelicans beat the Boston Celtics 123-108 for their first victory since he joined the lineup.
Jrue Holiday led the team 25 points and Lonzo Ball had 15 assists on the night.
Kemba Walker scored 35 points for the Celtics, but Boston fell behind by as many as 23 points in the second half keeping the game out of reach.
Before the game, the Smoothie King Center held a 24-second moment of silence for NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
Pelicans players also wore Kobe Bryant's shoes during the National Anthem, before switching into their own preferred shoes for the game.
When the game started, the Pelicans ran out their first possession, letting all 24 seconds tick off the shot clock in honor of Kobe Bryant. The Celtics did the same.
The Pelicans take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.