NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at New Orleans|
(Monday, March 31st)
Final Score: Sacramento 102, New Orleans 97
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Cousins led the way for the
Sacramento tallying 35 points and 14 rebounds as the Kings held off the New
Orleans Pelicans, 102-97, on Monday.
Ray McCallum had a career-high 22 points and 10 assists for the Kings, who
snapped a three-game skid. Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore contributed 22 and 14
Anthony Davis totaled 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks
for the Pelicans, who have lost two straight. Anthony Morrow and Tyreke Evans
scored 23 and 15 points, respectively in defeat.
Three minutes into the fourth quarter, Morrow netted seven straight to pull
New Orleans within 84-83 with 7:19 on the clock. Gay responded with a trey,
which sparked an 11-4 run for the Kings. McCallum put through the last eight
points of the run that put Sacramento ahead, 95-87, with under four to play.
The Pelicans stayed within four points but would not get any closer down the
The Kings led 32-26 two minutes into the second quarter before a 13-2 burst by
New Orleans. Morrow netted eight points during the run, which gave the
Pelicans a 39-34 lead with 6:35 on the clock.
New Orleans remained in control the rest of the half and held a 55-53 lead at
After three early ties in the third, the Kings jumped ahead with the help of a
12-3 run. Sacramento led by nine, 71-62, halfway through the third. The Kings
stretched their lead to as many as 14, with the help of 16 points from Cousins
in the period, and carried an 80-76 lead into the final frame.
There were four ties and three lead changes through the first 4 1/2 minutes
before McCallum and McLemore nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to give the
Kings a 18-14 lead. Sacramento held 29-22 cushion at the end of one.
The Kings are now 36-34 all-time against New Orleans ... Cousins two blocks
gave him 280 for his career and moved him into tie with Wayman Tisdale for
ninth all-time on the Kings career block list ... The Kings had 22 second
chance points, compared to four for New Orleans.
03/31 23:19:54 ET