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Zion Williamson continues Pelicans hot streak with dunk of the year candidate

No team in the NBA is hotter than the New Orleans Pelicans right now, and Zion Williamson is the explosive engine driving them forward.

The Pelicans defeated the Brooklyn Nets 104-91 on Tuesday for a seventh victory in their past eight games, with Williamson scoring a team-high 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting plus seven rebounds and four assists.

Two of those points came on what would have been a league-leader of the year had Anthony Edwards not thrown the curve a day earlier. Nevertheless, it can be said: this was an incredible alley.

Pelicans wing Naji Marshall got things going by picking Cam Thomas’ pocket in the fourth quarter, leading to a quick 2-on-1 break with Williamson behind him. Marshall threw back a ball that very few NBA players would hope to land. Luckily, Williamson is one of them.

You can see the result in the video above. You can see where Williamson caught the ball in the screenshot below.

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Screenshot of Zion Williamson's wild alley-oop.  (NBA)

Zion Williamson has this covered. (NBA)

“It was crazy. Me and [Marshall] I was just talking about it,” Williamson said after the match. “He said, ‘Hey man, when you go to the paint, you gotta start dunking.’ So when he got the steal, I said, ‘Oh, he’s throwing it.’ He threw a good pass, I went to get it.”

That performance is the latest in a huge streak for Williamson, who has taken the Pelicans to another level. In his last seven games, the 23-year-old is averaging 26.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game on 64.0% shooting.

More importantly, the Pelicans have gone from 3.5 games back to just a half-game back of the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place in the Western Conference, which brings home field advantage for the first round of NBA play- offs. With 14 games remaining and the third-place Minnesota Timberwolves missing Karl-Anthony Towns, it’s not inconceivable that New Orleans could climb even further.

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