Pelicans cruise past Pistons in wire-to-wire win

Zion Williamson powered his way to 36 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the host Detroit Pistons 114-101 on Sunday afternoon.CJ McCollum had 23 points and seven assists, while Naji Marshall supplied 14 points and eight rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas added 13 points.New Orleans (44-27) has won nine of its last 11 games. Detroit (12-59) has lost six straight.The Pelicans are playing without second-leading Brandon Ingram, who has a bone bruise in his left knee.Detroit’s leading scorer, Cade Cunningham, was a late scratch due to left knee soreness.Jalen Duren (back spasms), Simone Fontecchio (left big toe contusion) and Quentin Grimes (right knee) were among some of the players sitting out for Detroit. Last week, the team ruled out starters Isaiah Stewart and Ausar Thompson for the season.Chimezie Metu and Malachi Flynn led Detroit with 17 points apiece. Jaden Ivey, the lone healthy starter, had 16 points.The game played out in a predictable way. Detroit shot 4-for-19 from the field in the first quarter, missing all 10 of its 3-point attempts, and trailed 29-10 when it ended.New Orleans scored the first seven points, including a McCollum 3-pointer. The Pelicans also scored eight unanswered points midway through the quarter and the last 12 points, with Williamson and Marshall had five points apiece during that span.