Zion puts finishing stamp on first NBA victory


NEW ORLEANS — For the first time since he made his NBA debut, New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson was on the floor when the final buzzer sounded inside the Smoothie King Center on Sunday night.

It was also the first time Williamson walked off the NBA court a winner in the regular season.

The No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft put up 21 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double as the Pelicans took down the Boston Celtics 123-108.

In his first two games, Williamson played the start of the fourth quarter but checked out midway through. In his debut, he had just finished a 17-consecutive-point outburst when he checked out at the 5:23 mark. On Friday against the Denver Nuggets, Williamson left the game for good with 6:52 to go.

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