Zion Williamson starts, but doesn’t finish, for Pelicans

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The Pelicans then extended their lead with a 3-pointer from E'Twaun Moore, but the Jazz responded with a 13-3 run as Williamson watched from the bench.

Since Gobert's positive case brought the league to a standstill, the U.S. death toll from COVID 19 has soared from just 40 to more than 150,000.

Both games started with players - wearing t-shirts emblazoned with "Black Lives Matter" - kneeling in unison as the "Star-Spangled Banner" played. He returned to Disney on Friday night and immediately went into quarantine.

Lewis spent most of his life championing civil rights and equality and was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington - the one where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. "I also understand the role of protest, and I think that we'll deal with that situation when it presents itself".

Conley Jr. recorded 20 points and four assists in 34 minutes on court, shooting 7-of-16 from the field and 2-of-7 from deep, controlling the tempo of the Jazz offence all night.

For the second time this season, New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson's "debut" was marred by a minutes restriction that kept him off the floor of a close game in the final minutes.

"Collectively with the Utah Jazz, our organization joins the National Basketball Association in supporting our players and coaches", the statement continued. He later added another dunk on an alley-oop feed from Jrue Holiday.

"We're a lot better with him than we are without him; we know that", guard Lonzo Ball stated.

"Of course we wish we could've played him down the stretch, but we used the minutes that were given to us and that's the way it is", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

Williamson said he is still getting back his flow for the game.

But NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hinted on Thursday that players were unlikely to be sanctioned for kneeling, citing the "unique moment" of the recent protests.

Instead, he is more anxious about the longer-term difficulties of ensuring everybody continues to toe the line.