NBA: Kiwi Steven Adams gets double-double in New Orleans Pelicans victory over Raptors

New Zealand centre Steven Adams has grabbed a double-double, as hosts New Orleans Pelicans completed a season-series sweep of Toronto Raptors with a 120-116 victory. 

Brandon Ingram scored 31 points and Zion Williamson added 21 to power the Pelicans to their fourth victory of the season. 

Eric Bledsoe added 19 points and 10 assists, and Lonzo Ball scored 13 for the Pelicans, who also defeated the host Raptors 113-99 in their season opener last month.

Fred VanVleet scored 27 points, Chris Boucher added 24, OG Anunody had 17, Kyle Lowry had 16 and Normal Powell 12 to lead Toronto.

Pascal Siakam returned to the Raptors line-up after a one-game benching for disciplinary reasons and had 10 points, but fouled out with 8m 30s remaining.

Lowry's layup gave Toronto a 113-111 lead with 2m 47s left, but Ingram tied the score by making two free throws, then Bledose made a three-pointer to give New Orleans a 116-113 lead with 42 seconds left.

After Anunody made one of two free throws, Ingram made two free throws with 12 seconds left.

The Raptors led by five points at halftime, but the Pelicans tied the score three times early in the third quarter.

Bledsoe broke the third tie by making two free throws. There were two lead exchanges and another tie by the mid-point of the third quarter.

Williamson made two free throws and Adams hit a jumper to give New Orleans a four-point lead.

Toronto briefly regained a one-point lead, but Josh Hart's three-pointer put the Pelicans ahead and Bledsoe beat the buzzer to extend the lead to 87-82 at the end of the third quarter.

This game started a four-game home-stand over the next seven days for New Orleans, which played four of their first five games on the road.