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Zion Williamson scores 38, Pelicans rally past Cavaliers 116-109

Williamson, who scored 25 points in the first half, fell one shy of his career best of 39 set March 26 against Denver.

CLEVELAND — Zion Williamson scored 38 points and Brandon Ingram had 27 points and eight assists in rallying the New Orleans Pelicans to a 116-109 victory over the injury-plagued Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Williamson, who scored 25 points in the first half, fell one shy of his career best of 39 set March 26 against Denver.

He made 16 of 22 field goal attempts, grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and had four assists as New Orleans won its second in a row.

The Pelicans, who trailed by 13 points in the second quarter, went ahead for good at 108-107 on Ingram's jumper with 2:33 remaining. 

Williamson followed with consecutive layups to extend the lead to five before Ingram iced the game from the line.  

Dean Wade scored a career-high 21 points and Kevin Love and rookie Isaac Okoro had 19 points apiece for Cleveland, which was without four starters.

One night earlier, the Cavaliers allowed a franchise-record 87 points in the first half and were routed 135-115 by Toronto at home.