Murphy and Ingram help Pelicans soar past injury-depleted Knicks

Published February 28, 2024, 1:10 PMLei Macaranas

Trey Murphy III scored 26 points, including six of 11 three-pointers.
Trey Murphy III scored 26 points and Brandon Ingram added 24 as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the New York Knicks, 115-92, on Wednesday, Philippine time.
Zion Williamson contributed 21 points and five rebounds in the win. Herbert Jones followed with 15 of his own.

Donte DiVincenzo stepped up and led the Knicks with 23 points.

Bojan Bogdanovic tallied 20 points and five assists while Precious Achiuwa and Josh Hart scored 15 each.

Jalen Brunson (neck spasms) and Isaiah Hartenstein (Achilles tendinopathy) did not play for the Knicks, who are still without starters Julius Randle, OG Anunoby, and Mitchell Robinson.

Murphy had his shots falling which allowed the Pelicans to stay ahead with a one-point lead to end the first half.
They remained consistent and aggressive in the third and scored the first 10 points that put them ahead, 65-52.

The Knicks fought back and got as close as seven points but they still trailed 74-67 at the end of the third.

New Orleans opened the fourth on a 6-0 run and again extended their advantage by 13. The Knicks pulled within 83-75 on Achiuwa’s free throws with 9:15 remaining, but the Pelicans scored the next seven points and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds left ended the scoring as the Pelicans took their biggest lead.

The Pelicans remain at the No. 5 spot in the West with a 35-24 record, while the New York Knicks are at No. 4 in the Eastern Conference with the samewin-loss tally.