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                       === Davis, Hornets upend Kings ===
 
 New  Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Anthony Davis recorded 20 points and eight
 rebounds, as the New Orleans Hornets defeated the Sacramento Kings, 110-95, on
 Sunday at New Orleans Arena.
 
 Eric  Gordon and  Ryan Anderson scored 17 points apiece, Roger Mason Jr. added
 13,  and Greivis  Vasquez registered 12 points and 13 assists for the Hornets,
 who snapped a three-game losing streak.
 
 "They  hit some threes  tonight, but I thought our defense was a lot better in
 the  second  half," said Hornets coach  Monty Williams. "That's who we have to
 be. We're not a team that can put up 110 points every single night. We have to
 defend in order to have a chance. Our effort was better, but I can still point
 out 15 things that  we have to correct. Until that happens,  we're going to be
 a team  that looks like  we can play on some nights,  and on other nights look
 like we don't know what we're doing. But, that's a young team."
 
 John  Salmons scored  18 points  for the  Kings, who  have lost  five straight
 games.  DeMarcus  Cousins, Jason  Thompson and Isaiah  Thomas scored 16 points
 apiece, with Cousins also grabbing 10 rebounds.
 
 "I thought that we played a great game up until about five minutes and twenty-
 three  seconds," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "I thought that we were able to
 keep all of the big threes out of the basketball game, like the last time that
 we  were here. I  thought that we did a great job of managing the screen rolls
 that  allow Anderson as well as Jason Smith to get off three point shooting. I
 thought  that  we did  a great  job, and then  it fell  apart within that time
 frame."
 
 Down  79-73  entering the fourth,  Salmons made  a 3-pointer to put Sacramento
 within  three,  79-76, in the opening  minute. However, it was the closest the
 Kings could reach.
 
 New  Orleans outscored  Sacramento 31-19 for the  rest of the game to earn the
 victory.  The  Hornets were  efficient, shooting 54.5  percent from the field,
 including  4-of-9 from behind the arc. Anderson was a major factor, scoring 13
 points off 5-of-6 shooting.
 
 The  Hornets extended their  lead by as much as 20 points, before Tyreke Evans
 fired a trey and Cousins made a pair of free throws within the final minute.
 
 The  first  quarter was competitive,  as they  tied six times throughout. Down
 27-25 with 30 seconds remaining, Vasquez made two free throws to tie the game.
 
 Mason Jr. made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 30-27 lead.
 
 Marcus  Thornton  scored nine points in  the second quarter for the Kings, but
 the team shot 38.9 percent from the field and committed six turnovers.
 
 At halftime, New Orleans had a 53-47 advantage.
 
 A  3-pointer by Salmons brought the Kings within one, 61-60, with 8:53 to play
 in  the third  quarter. However, the trio of Davis, Gordon and Al-Farouq Aminu
 combined  for  a 12-0 run and  the Hornets had  a 73-60 lead with five minutes
 remaining.
 
 Sacramento  responded with an 11-0  run  of its  own,  capped with  a dunk  by
 Cousins,  to bring the team within two, 73-71, with 2:43 to go. Vasquez scored
 the final six points for the Hornets.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Hornets shot 50.6  percent from the field and were 14-of-15 from the free
 throw  line ... The Kings were a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line ...
 Salmons scored all of his points in the second half ... Toney Douglas and Cole
 Aldrich,  two of  the three  players the  Kings acquired  from the  Rockets on
 Wednesday,  did not  play. The  third  player, Patrick  Patterson, scored  two
 points.
 
 
 
 
 
 02/24 23:54:54 ET

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