New Orleans never led in the second half Thursday, trailing by as many as 20 points in the process, but the Pelicans fought back, forcing overtime. Ultimately though, Phoenix evened its season series with New Orleans at one win apiece, led by Devin Booker’s 44-point eruption.
As New Orleans awaits the regular season debut of the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, Zion Williamson, the team’s two other first-rounders gained more valuable experience Thursday. Lottery pick Jaxson Hayes powered in a few highlight-reels dunks en route to a 17-point night, while No. 17 selection Nickeil Alexander-Walker provided a second-half spark, scoring seven points in 11 minutes.