Duke basketball: Zion Williamson produces ‘Play of the Day’ in showcase

Duke basketball standout Zion Williamson (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball standout Zion Williamson (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball product Zion Williamson produced the best play of the day on Sunday night. 

While the world was consumed with the NFL Playoffs, former Duke basketball standout Zion Williamson was dominating the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

New Orleans, who had dropped five straight games, entered Sacramento and rode Williamson all the way to the finish en route to a 128-123 victory over the Kings.

However, not only did Williamson finish with 31 points, but he also had the play of the night on Sunday, according to SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays, regardless of sport, with a jaw-dropping dunk


Williamson looked like his old self who roamed the paint in Cameron Indoor Stadium and finally appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury that hampered him in his rookie campaign in New Orleans.

In addition to his 31 points, the former No. 1 overall pick was 13-of-15 from the field, did not attempt a 3-pointer, and made all five of his free throw attempts while registering six rebounds and two assists in the victory.

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Through 11 games this season, Williamson is averaging 22.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1. steals, and 0.5 blocks per game on 57.5-percent shooting from the field.

Duke basketball products all over the floor on Sunday night

Zion Williamson was not the lone former Mike Krzyzewski player on the court in Sacramento as Brandon Ingram also chipped in 22 points for the Pelicans on 8-of-19 shooting while JJ Redick continued to shake his early-season shooting slump with 14 points on 3-of-5 shooting, all from 3-point range.

Despite trade rumors and a request from his father, Marvin Bagley III also put forth one of his best games of the season for the Kings with 26 points and 10 rebounds on 11-of-19 shooting.

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However, Bagley III’s performance was overshadowed by the 43-point outburst of teammate De’Aaron Fox.

The Pelicans (5-7) will have back-to-back games against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday and Thursday nights while the Kings (5-9) will travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Wednesday evening.

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