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New Orleans Pelicans

All-Star Moment of the Night: Brandon Ingram, Donovan Mitchell each have career nights as Pelicans snap Jazz's 10-game streak

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Donovan Mitchell and Brandon Ingram duelled to the finish (NBAE/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS - In the third and final fan vote returns for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram placed ninth among frontcourt players in the Western Conference while six guards in the West earned more votes than Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.

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On Thursday night, each made a compelling case for why they're deserving of the first All-Star selection of their respective young careers.

In the Pelicans' 138-132 overtime win, Ingram finished with a career-high 49 points while Mitchell tied his career-best scoring performance with 46 points. And it was a duel of historic proportions.

Ingram's efforts helped New Orleans snap Utah's league-best 10-game win streak.

It was a virtuoso performance for the 22-year-old Ingram, who did a little bit of everything for his team throughout the night. He finished shooting 15-for-25 from the field, 3-for-8 from distance and 16-for-20 from the charity stripe.

He added eight rebounds and six assists.

All night, Ingram knifed through the lane to get to the rim and challenge two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.

And came up big when it mattered most as he hit a clutch jumper to put the Pelicans up one with 0.2 seconds remaining.

A wild finish to regulation saw this one go to OT, where Ingram would score five more points from the free throw line to bring his total to 49.

As he stepped to the line, the Smoothie King Center crowd showered him with loud chants of M-V-P.

"It's an amazing accomplishment," Ingram said of the chants. "To hear the crowd say that…we love all the support. They were behind us the whole night."

As he stepped into the locker room, Ingram's teammates showered him with appreciation as well.

On a night where he was by far the Pelicans' most valuable player, Ingram also made history.

This season, Ingram is averaging a team-high 25.8 points per game while shooting 48.0% percent from the field and 40.6% from beyond the arc. His teammate Lonzo Ball wasted no time joining the All-Star campaign.

The Pelicans (16-26) have now won 10 of their last 14 games and sit 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for eighth place in the West with 40 games to go.

Making their playoff pursuit even more intriguing is the fact that No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson is set to make his debut in less than a week.


As for Mitchell, he came alive in the second half and overtime after a relatively quiet first two quarters. Over the game's final 29 minutes, Mitchell scored 39 points and was especially potent from deep.

Late in the second half, each time Mitchell touched the ball on the perimeter, the crowd held its collective breath as it appeared he wouldn't miss from beyond the arc.

He stepped back.

He pulled up.

And he finished the game shooting 7-for-15 (46.7%) from beyond the arc.

The Jazz will look to bounce back when they take on the Sacramento Kings Saturday night, while the Pelicans host the LA Clippers Saturday afternoon.

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