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Lonzo Ball returned to the court for the first time in seven games on Sunday for the Pelicans in Houston against the Rockets and looked like he never missed a step. Ball was a perfect 4-for-4 from the 3-point line in the first quarter, accounting for half of his career-high eight 3-pointers as part of his 27-point performance.

Each of Ball’s 27 points was needed as the Pelicans stopped their brief two-game skid with an important 122-115 win. Down Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Zion Williamson, among others, Ball’s return brought with it a return to some form of normalcy.

During the opening quarter, Hart, who is sidelined with a thumb injury, took to Twitter to react to his teammate’s fast start.

In the fourth quarter, Ball eclipsed his previous career-high of seven 3-pointers to set a new best mark, leading to another tweet from Hart.

After the game, new teammate Isaiah Thomas, who was not available for the game due to health and safety protocols, shared a tweet supporting Ball as well.

With the win, the Pelicans move to 22-27 on the year but, more importantly, just a half-game out of the 10th seed and a spot in the play-in game for the postseason.

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