Zion Williamson joins the elite National Basketball Association company with the best professional performance


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Rookie Zion Williamson, who missed the last game with a sore ankle, scored a career-high 31 points as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 138-117 on Tuesday.

Williamson is the first rookie since Dikembe Mutombo in 1991-92 to score at least 14 points in each of his first nine National Basketball Association games in his career.

Williamson, 19, who had scored 20 points or more six times in his first eight professional games, finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes.

"I expect to make an impact, but I don't expect to do nothing like this", Williamson said, via ESPN. I have a lot of room for growing.

Williamson, the first pick in the 2019 National Basketball Association entry draft, missed the first three months of the season after suffering a knee injury in the offseason.

"I don't really think he's comparable to anyone that I have seen", Portland forward Carmelo Anthony said of Williamson. "Someone who is as powerful as that, who jumps like this ... it shows that he is improving and feeling the game". Hopefully, he can continue to keep getting better day by day.

The Pelicans are 3-0 against the Blazers this season, which means they own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

During a third quarter where the Pelicans blew the game wide open en route to a landslide win, With the Pelicans already having built a double-digit lead, the play of the night featured a heavy dose of Ball.

Damian Lillard has been the hottest player in the National Basketball Association but he was held to 20 points on Tuesday.

Williamson, who scored 17 in the first half, helped fuel the comeback, throwing down Holiday's alley-oop lob with two hands to cut Portland's lead to 60-54. Simmons powered the Sixers with 16.

Williamson says his game is just about finding the right spot on the court and making the right decision when he gets the ball.

'I itch for moments like that. "I'm not flawless - I'm just gonna learn from them".

'We didn't make shots (in the fourth quarter), Leonard said.

Embiid and Morris received a double technical after a scuffle under the basket with 2:48 left.

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