Zion Williamson erupted for 17 consecutive points in an electrifying 3-minute span during an NBA debut for the ages

Business Insider | 1/23/2020 | Meredith Cash
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Zion Williamson was worth the wait.

After a slow start in his NBA debut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft erupted for 17 points in a three-minute span to captivate the basketball world and showcase his exceptional talent.

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Williamson finished the game with 22 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 clip from three.

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At long last, Zion Williamson made his NBA debut.

And despite a slow start, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft managed to live up to the massive hype with an explosive performance for the ages.

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The most highly-anticipated NBA prospect since LeBron James erupted for 17-straight points in just over three minutes during the fourth quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans 121-117 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night. Williamson's dynamic stretch — which capped his 22-point, seven-rebound showing at the Smoothie King Center — featured a remarkable 4-of-4 clip from beyond the arc.

Additionally, the 19 year old showed off the extraordinary athleticism that first put him on the map with a high-flying alley-oop and a rebound-turned-layup that showcased his explosive second jump.

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Williamson finished the night as the first and only player in the history of the NBA to shoot 100% from three-point range on four or more attempts in an NBA debut. He also set the Pelicans' franchise record for most points in a debut, besting Anthony Davis' 21-point showing for the then-New Orleans Hornets back in 2012.

Check out the highlights from Williamson's exceptional stretch:

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Although his final stats for the game may point to a well-rounded debut, Williamson actually came out to a notably slow start over the first three quarters....
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