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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson makes history with 32-point game vs. Thunder

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Super rookie Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans snagged several NBA records with his 32-point game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

His 32-point game marked his sixth consecutive 20+ point game, making him the youngest to achieve that feat.

Thursday’s game also marked the 19-year-old’s second consecutive 30-point game. In the previous game, a 138-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Williamson dropped 31 points. Per StatMuse, Williamson is just the fourth teenager in NBA history to record back-to-back 30-point games. The exclusive list includes LeBron James, Devin Booker, and Luka Doncic.

And finally, Williamson now has eight 20-point games in the first 10 games of his career. He’s the first rookie to reach such a milestone in 35 years. The other rookie was Michael Jordan — only the greatest basketball player ever.

Along with his 32 points in their 123-118 loss to the Thunder, Williamson snagged six rebounds, one assist, and one block. He shot 11-of-19 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free-throw line.

To recall, Williamson went under the needle after tearing his meniscus during the preseason of his rookie campaign. The Pelicans didn’t reveal much about his status. Analysts felt that the first overall pick was going to sit out the entire year. But as time progressed, the Pelicans shared that their prized rookie was about to return.

He made his debut on Jan. 22 and dropped 22 points in 18 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs. Head coach Alvin Gentry initially limited his minutes but in the last few games or so, Williamson’s getting a ton of on-court action. In his first 10 games as a pro, Williamson is averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists across 27 minutes.