LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, USA (AP) – Rudy Gobert hit two free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining to cap off a 14-point, 12-rebound and three-block performance, giving him the 106-104 win. to the Utah Jazz over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, in the game that marked the resumption of the NBA campaign.
New Orleans, which was up on the scoreboard for most of the game and came to have a lead of 16 units, almost won. Brandon Ingram tried a triple when the clock expired but the ball bounced off the basket in what was a bitter end to a night in which he had 23 goals.
Zion Williamson, who missed nearly two weeks of practice after he left the team for a family medical matter on July 16, was considered a starter although the Pelicans limited his playing time.
He scored 13 points in just over 15 minutes, highlighted with a pair of layups, one after a pumped pass from Lonzo Ball from the middle of the court.
But Williamson came out with 7:19 minutes left in the fourth period and had to watch the tense end from the bench.
Jordan Clarkson had 23 units for Utah and led the return in the second half, while Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley each contributed 20 points.
JJ Redick scored 21, including a triple at the end to tie 102, while Jrue Holiday added 20 points for New Orleans.