Thunder sweep Pelicans

Written by: Miles Jordan

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Thunder sweep Pelicans

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 97-89 on Monday, April 29, to complete their four-game sweep and advance to the Western Conference Semi-finals.

Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and forward Jalen Williams both recorded a game-high 24 points, with Gilgeous-Alexander grabbing ten rebounds to record a double-double and Williams scoring 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. All five of Oklahoma City’s starters recorded 11+ points, meaning every starter contributed to the Thunder's Game 4 victory.


The Pelicans were led by guard CJ McCollum, who scored 20 points, leading New Orleans in scoring. Center Jonas Valanciunas trailed right behind with 19 points and 13 rebounds to record the Pelicans' only double-double. Forward Naji Marshall scored 16 points off the bench, but it was not enough to stop the Thunder from gaining an eight-point victory.

The Thunder advance to the Western Conference Semi-Finals, where they will face the winner of the Dallas Mavericks vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. The teams are tied 2-2 in their opening-round playoff series. The Clippers host Game 5 on Wednesday, May 1, hoping to take a 3-2 lead over Dallas.