Ingram's bounce-back effort helps Pels nab 8-seed

Andrew Lopez, ESPNApr 20, 2024, 12:47 AM ET

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NEW ORLEANS — Prior to Friday night, the week had not gone the way Brandon Ingram would have hoped.

As the New Orleans Pelicans forward attempted to come back from a bone bruise in his left knee, he had two subpar games as the Pelicans dropped their regular-season finale and the first play-in tournament game to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ingram responded Friday, and as a result, the Pelicans are headed to the playoffs.

Behind a team-high 24 points from Ingram and an all-around defensive effort, the Pelicans defeated the Sacramento Kings 105-98 to advance to the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. New Orleans will face the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

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“This was the goal at the beginning of the year,” Ingram said. “Throughout it,