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Pelicans ride 21 three-pointers to 131-110 win over Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Trey Murphy III scored 32 points, Brandon Ingram had 32 points and 13 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans never trailed in a 131-110 win over the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday.

New Orleans tied a franchise record with 21 three-pointers and shot 61.8 per cent from behind the arc. Murphy was a major reason for that success, making a career-high 10 threes in 12 attempts.

“I just see his confidence going up and up,” Ingram said. “He’s the best shooter on the team.”

CJ McCollum had 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Pelicans, who have won four in a row.

“Our execution was off the charts,” New Orleans coach Willie Green said.

Bones Hyland scored 18 points and Kawhi Leonard added 12 points and six rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost three of four.

“I thought they really came out to attack us tonight, and they did that,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “On the offensive end, 20 turnovers with 28 points (off turnovers) is too many, especially for a fast team like this.”

At risk of falling out of the play-in tournament with a loss, the energised Pelicans started out hot, scoring the first eight points, and never let up.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Trey Murphy III dunks. PHOTO: AP
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