Zion Williamson made his first appearance in an NBA game since January with 12 points in 16 minutes in the New Orleans’ Pelicans’ 122-105 loss to the Orlando Magic.
Williamson sat out the final four months of the season after he injured his right hamstring in Philadelphia last Jan. 2.
The Pelicans star missed his first two shots before throwing down a crowd-pleasing, two-handed dunk. He later added a 13-foot running floater, a short turnaround, and a layup to go with four free throws.
Williamson added five rebounds and five assists in the preseason opener for both teams.
Wendell Carter Jr. had 18 points in 19 minutes for Orlando and Paolo Banchero scored 12 points, highlighted by his driving, one-handed dunk between Williamson and New Orleans center Jonas Valanciunas.
Pelicans starting 5 plays together for first time since November of last season— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 11, 2023
Zion Williamson (12/5/5 in 15 mins) gets first #NBA game action since January.
Magic prevail 122-105 in preseason opener
Recap by @Jim_Eichenhofer: https://t.co/cgPsATQyDw#Pelicans