Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, showcased why he was a lottery pick and was projected to be a bona fide star. In their gritty 138-132 win on Thursday over the Jazz, Ingram dropped a career-best 49 points. This topped his previous career-high of 40 points which he set earlier in the season.
Against the Jazz, the Duke standout had an efficient night. Brandon Ingram shot 15-for-25 from the field, 3-for-8 from three, and 16-for-20 from the free-throw line. Two of his 49 points were an apparent game-winner with 0.2 seconds left in regulation.
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Unfortunately for the Pelicans, Rudy Gobert was fouled and drained 1-of-2 free throws to send the game to overtime. The Jazz had Lady Luck on their side. They were bent on remaining the hottest team in the league.
Brandon Ingram didn't allow his career-night to be ruined by a loss.
In the extra period, Brandon Ingram remained aggressive and had five points, all on free throws. In one of his trips to the line, the crowd at Smoothie King Center gave him some love through MVP chants.
New Orleans: "MVP MVP MVP"@JoelMeyersNBA: When's the last time we heard MVP [Chants] in this building? It's been a while. We know we didn't hear to last year.
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Lonzo Ball flocked to Twitter right after the game to proclaim that Ingram is an All-Star in this league. Time will only tell if Ingram indeed does make it to the All-Star line up. In the third fan returns, Brandon Ingram received 672,666 votes for 11th in the West frontcourt.
— Lonzo Ball (@ZO2_) January 17, 2020
All-Star or not, Ingram's 49-point night is a testament to his infinite potential. This may be just the beginning of Ingram's league-wide takeover.
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