New Orleans Pelicans player Jonas Valanciunas celebrates with a basket during the first half of an NBA game that pits his team against the Los Angeles Clippers on November 29, 2021 in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles (AFP) – Jonas Valanzenas scored 29 of his career highs in an impressive first half as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Clippers 123-104 on Monday night in their second win over Los Angeles this month.

New Orleans took a 21-point lead in the first half thanks to an exceptional effort from the Lithuanian veteran in his first season with the Pelicans. Valančiūnas scored seven three-pointers without fail in the first two quarters, surpassing his best record in baskets of three, much to the delight of his teammates and teammates. Additionally, he got 15 rebounds.

Paul George finished with 27 points, while Reggie Jackson scored 19 for the Clippers, who lost three of four and six of nine after a seven-game winning streak.

Brandon Ingram scored 27 points at his old court and Herbert Jones contributed 16 points to the Pelicans tally, who bounced back after suffering their second-worst loss of the season in Utah on Saturday and finished off a three-game road trip with two wins.

New Orleans has won three of its last four games and doubled its season total in the past six days after starting 3-16 without an injury Tsion Williamson, who is now on a medical exit.

New Orleans Pelicans player Jonas Valanciunas celebrates with a basket during the first half of an NBA game that pits his team against the Los Angeles Clippers on November 29, 2021 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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