New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson continues his tear as New Orleans Pelicans take down Sacramento Kings

Can anyone stop Zion Williamson?

The 20-year-old put up another monster night against the Sacramento Kings, as the Pelicans continue their postseason push as the last month of the regular season draws near.

A dominant first half helped New Orleans secure the 117-110 win, with Williamson pouring in 30 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. In a continuation of his insane efficiency, Williamson was 13-for-21 (61.9 percent) from the floor on the night.

The second young star on the Pelicans roster also delivered, with Brandon Ingram adding 34 points, six rebounds and seven assists, marking a league-best fourth time the duo have both topped 30 points in the same game.

"They are two great talented players and they are only going to get better," guard Eric Bledsoe said postgame. "The more and more they get comfortable in certain situations they are only going to get better."

For Williamson, the game marked the 16th time he has topped 30 points on the season, with 11 of those performances coming without making a single 3-pointer.

It's now the third straight game that the second-year star has topped 20 points on better than 50 percent shooting from the field. It's the beginning of a new streak to which he recently tied Shaquille O'Neal for the most consecutive games reaching those marks at 25.

Highlighting his physical dominance down low, 95.3 percent of Williamson's shot attempts have come within 10 feet of the basket, where he is finishing 63.4 percent. That number jumps to 67.2 percent within the restricted area, where 655 of his 813 shots have come from. According to ESPN Stats and info, Williamson has recorded eight 30+ point performances without a basket outside the paint. The eight games is more than the rest of the NBA combined, with Toronto's Pascal Siakam second on the list with two such efforts.

While the vast majority of Williamson's work is done down low, he has shown signs of a midrange post-game, with this jumper midway through the fourth quarter helping the Pelicans keep the surging Kings at bay.

The Pelicans have now won three straight games to improve to 25-29 on the season. Despite remaining below .500, the Pelicans are just one game behind the Golden State Warriors for the final play-in seed in the Western Conference.

With Zion Williamson in this kind of form, no team will want to see the Pelicans in the postseason.

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