A career-high 49 points from Brandon Ingram has inspired New Orleans to a wild 138-132 overtime victory over Utah that ended the Jazz's 10-game winning run.
The Jazz led by five with 2:28 to go in overtime, but went scoreless the rest of the way as the Pelicans reeled off 11 straight points to claim a dramatic win.
Pelicans centre Derrick Favors added 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks against his former team, while E'Twuan Moore added 16 points.
New Orleans have now won 10 of their past 14 and have two more games to play before the highly-anticipated debut of No.1 draft pick Zion Williamson.
Utah star Donovan Mitchell tied his career-high with 46 points, Bojan Bogdanovic poured in 26, while Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 14 boards.
One game after equalling his career-high 27 points, Australian star Joe Ingles had just 12 on five-from-11 shooting, to go with six assists and five rebounds.
The Pelicans thought they had won the game in regulation on Ingram's off-balance jumper with 0.2 seconds left.
But Jaxson Hayes was called for holding Gobert on the inbound pass giving the Jazz centre, after a video review, a chance to win it at the line.
However with the crowd heartily booing the officials, Gobert missed the first free throw before hitting the pressure-packed second to force overtime.
"To come back after that, my teammates were still locked in and we wanted it more than the other team tonight," said Ingram.
"We stepped up in all areas and we were able to pull it out."
Utah remain third in the western conference at 28-12, while New Orleans improve to 15-26 and within four wins of eighth spot.
Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds and Khris Middleton scored 23 as Milwaukee held off Boston 128-123.
Celtics guard Kemba Walker had a game-high 40 points but it wasn't enough to prevent the NBA-leading Bucks from extending their winning streak to five.
In New York, Phoenix centre DeAndre Ayton had 26 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds in their 121-98 rout of the Knicks.
It was the Knicks' seventh loss in eight games.
In Los Angeles, Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points in the Clippers' comfortable 122-95 thumping of the Orlando Magic.
Leonard became the first Clippers player to score at least 30 points in four straight games since Elton Brand in 2006.
Finally, the Denver Nuggets stormed back from 19 down in the second half to force overtime and avoid being upset by the Golden State Warriors.
Denver star Nikola Jokic fell two assists shy of a triple-double, with 23 points and 12 rebounds, but also had eight turnovers in the 134-131 triumph.
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