Pelicans no match for the struggling Kings

James Ham
Photo by

The Sacramento Kings ended their three-game losing streak and sent the New Orleans Pelicans to their eighth straight loss at Sleep Train Arena.

Five Kings (21-39) players finished in double-figures in Sacramento, as the home team picked up a much-needed 96-89 victory over the Pelicans (23-36).

DeMarcus Cousins carried the Kings early, scoring 17 of his team-high 23 points in the first half. Cousins added 12 rebounds to finish with his 36th double-double of the season.

Isaiah Thomas was a non-factor early but finished with 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting and handed out five assists. Rudy Gay dropped in 14 points, and Reggie Evans scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds off the Kings' bench.

Tyreke Evans punished his former team from start to finish, leading the way with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Brian Roberts added 15 points in 36 minutes, and Anthony Davis kicked in 13 but shot only 4-for-14 from the field.

Sacramento dominated the glass, finishing with a 47-30 rebound advantage over the Pelicans.

After falling behind early in the third, Sacramento made a late run and took a 69-59 lead into the final frame.