Zion Williamson scored 24 points as the Pelicans beat the Cavaliers, pulling within two games of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Those 24 points kept one historic streak going for the impressive rookie, scoring 20+ points in 10 straight games.
Zion Williamson now has 20 points in 10 consecutive contests, the first rookie since Donovan Mitchell to do so, and just the fourth rookie since 2000 to have a 10-game streak with 20 points, joining Mitchell, Joel Embiid and Blake Griffin. #WontBowDown
— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) February 29, 2020
Zion Williamson is the first teenager in NBA history to score 20+ points in 10 straight games.
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 29, 2020
The 24 points fell one short of keeping another streak going, something Andrew Lopez of ESPN explained.
[Jahlil] Okafor told him how, after their game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Williamson became the first player since Michael Jordan to have four consecutive games of at least 25 points while shooting at least 57% from the field as a rookie…
“I mean, it’s dope. I can’t even lie,” Williamson said. “One of my favorite players growing up. I said in some interview, my mom told me to study film of him so to be in that category, it means a lot.”
While that streak ended, Williamson is a little surprised by all the attention to his fast start as a rookie.
“Honestly, I think the world of media is happier for me than I am myself” – Zion, on his historic 20-point streak
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) February 29, 2020
He better get used to it. Keep playing like this and the attention is only going to grow.