Redick’s layup lifts Pelicans over Kings 117-115

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (AP) — JJ Redick spends plenty of time practising left-handed drives to the hoop, just for moments like this one.

His layup with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted the New Orleans Pelicans to a hard-fought 117-115 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Lonzo Ball had 24 points with 10 assists and Redick scored 18 as the Pelicans won for the fifth time in six games.

Just moments earlier, it seemed New Orleans (12-24) had a win safely tucked away. But Sacramento’s Nemanja Bjelica converted a four-point play with 4.2 seconds left to tie it at 115.

Coming out of a timeout, Ball inbounded to Redick, who drove left and beat Richaun Holmes for a layup that banked in softly off the glass.

“Richaun saw him and you try to get (Redick) off the three-point line because that’s what he does,” Sacramento guard De’Aaron Fox said. “But he made a tough, underhand, left-hand layup that was high off the glass. Yes, that’s a tough shot. But he’s a veteran and he knocked it down.”

New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick (L) drives against Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, California on January 4