The former Duke Basketball star and current sensation for the New Orleans Pelicans, Brandon Ingram, cemented his All-Star caliber season with a dominating game on Thursday against the Utah Jazz.
Major League Baseball is under a major cheating investigation that is rocking the sport, but if Brandon Ingram does not make the NBA All-Star Game, there should be another major investigation in another major professional sports league.
Ingram once again proved his worth on Thursday night against the Utah Jazz when the former Duke star scored a career-high 49 points on 10-of-15 shooting in 41 minutes in the Pelicans overtime victory.
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New Orleans came away with a 138-132 win, but it came with some controversy. After Ingram hit a go-ahead shot with under a second to go, a foul was called on the Pelicans on the ensuing Jazz inbounds pass.
Rudy Gobert would split his free throws and sent the game into overtime.
The Pelicans prevailed in the extra period as Ingram also accounted for eight rebounds, six assists, and one block in the win. He was 3-of-8 from 3-point range and 16-of-20 from the free throw line.
On the season, the former Blue Devil has played in 37 games and is averaging a career-best 25.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game on 48.0 percent shooting and 40.6 shooting from 3-point range.
In the victory, Frank Jackson posted a team-high +23 rating while scoring ten points coming off the bench in addition to three rebounds, one assist, and one steal on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
Jahlil Okafor did not play due to lower back soreness, J.J. Redick missed the game due to a left hamstring strain, and Zion Williamson is still recovering from meniscus surgery although he will make his NBA debut on Wednesday, January 22 against the San Antonio Spurs.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now 16-26 on the season and will host the Los Angeles Clippers at 3:30pm EST on Saturday, January 18 on ABC.