Zion finished the game with a team-low -15 +/-, which isn't ideal for a debut performance. Although the former Duke stars had their share of shining moments, Mother Nature stole the show.
On Friday, the Pelicans faced off against the New York Knicks and No. 3 overall pick R.J. Barrett.
The Pelicans PR staff later said, the injury came after knee-to-knee contact, and wasn't expected to linger - the organisation understandably taking a cautious approach. Of their four opening-round games, three are on ESPN networks (two on ESPN, one on ESPN2) and the fourth will be shown on NBATV.
New Orleans led NY 80-74 with 7:53 remaining. Jackson scored 16 points in the period, headlined by a merciless running dunk down the lane.
The natural disaster occurred at approximately 8:20 p.m. PT northeast of Ridgecrest, Calif. -234 miles east of Las Vegas-and was reported at a 6.9 magnitude. That was probably the smart move, given that the game is played under a multi-ton jumbotron that was slowly swaying.
Some fans left the arena after the quake - which lasted 10 seconds - and others waited around to see if it was safe to resume the game.
Both teams also halted play after an quake was felt inside the Thomas & Mack Center with 7:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, with the Pelicans leading the Knicks 80-74.
Williamson finished with 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting in his first quarter of National Basketball Association action, while former Duke teammate RJ Barrett went 2-for-5 from the field for 6 points. The NBA says it is working to determine if the game will continue Saturday.