Postgame recap: Pelicans 114, Kings 101
Pelicans (38-26), Kings (20-45)
SACRAMENTO – Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday are both in the midst of arguably the best stretches of their respective NBA careers, but New Orleans’ recent success hasn’t only been a two-man show. In extending their winning streak to a franchise record-tying 10 games Wednesday, several of the lesser-known Pelicans stepped to the forefront, helping the visitors build an 18-point halftime edge and win comfortably.
Unfortunately for New Orleans and Davis, the five-time All-Star exited the game in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain. X-rays on the injury were negative, and he was listed as questionable to return to the game, but he did not get back into action.
Nikola Mirotic, Ian Clark and E’Twaun Moore were among the New Orleans role players who started quickly, combining to score 31 first-half points, exactly half of their team’s total en route to a 62-44 intermission advantage. Sacramento was more competitive in the second half, but never seriously threatened the lead.
New Orleans will return home Friday to face Washington, the Pelicans’ first home game in 11 days.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Mirotic drained a left-wing three-pointer, then Holiday converted a traditional three-point play, giving New Orleans a 99-82 lead with 5:40 remaining. Sacramento had trimmed what was once a 23-point deficit down to near single digits, but the Pelicans only needed a final push to essentially settle matters.
PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Among the numerous positive signs that have occurred lately, Mirotic was tremendous at his forte during the three-game West road trip, repeatedly swishing open three-pointers. The forward enjoyed perhaps his best offensive performance Wednesday since joining the Pelicans, scoring 26 points on only 12 shots from the field. His 10/12 outing featured 4/6 three-point accuracy, making him 13/26 from deep on the perfect excursion to Dallas, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“I feel fine. But I’m going to have the team doctor take a look at it (Thursday) and go from there.” – Davis, after being asked about the condition of his ankle and what the next step will be for evaluation
“Any time you twist an ankle it hurts, especially when you come down on somebody’s foot, because you really don’t have any protection. It was sore... I just wanted to make sure everything was fine... It’ll be alright.” – Davis in the postgame locker room, expressing optimism that his ankle will ultimately be OK
“Now everyone understands their role, what we need to do. Bench guys, starters. This is not a selfish team. We’ve been trying to find the guy who is hot at that moment. Rajon (Rondo) is doing a great job with that, and Jrue (on Tuesday in Los Angeles) had 17 assists.” – Mirotic on the Pelicans playing team basketball to excellent results
"It feels good to go back home, play in front of our fans again, sleep in our own beds. We've got to take care of business. We've got some tough teams coming in." - Davis on New Orleans now getting eight of its next nine games in the Smoothie King Center
“If you’re a New Orleans fan that team is playing very, very well. They’re well-coached, they’re in a rhythm, they’ve got experience and they’ve got shooting all over the place so they have a lot of space to make plays. It was tough cover for us tonight and obviously they shot the basketball well but they were very, very comfortable just looking over the top of us and just shooting. Hats off to them – like I said, they’re playing very well and wish them the best in the playoffs.” – Sacramento’s Dave Joerger on the Pelicans
BY THE NUMBERS
7: New Orleans road wins on this 10-game overall winning streak. The franchise record for consecutive away victories is eight, set by the Southwest Division-winning 2007-08 club.
41.9: Sacramento shooting percentage from the field, representing one of New Orleans’ better defensive performances lately. On the other end of the floor, NOLA shot 56.6 percent.
5: Davis blocked shots. He seemed to toy with the Kings at times on the defensive end, perhaps approaching his career high of nine until he had to exit due to the ankle injury.
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Anthony Davis gives an update on his injury.
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Anthony Davis gives an update on his injury.
Nikola Mirotic speaks with the media about his spark on the road trip
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry speaks with the media after the Pelicans defeat the Sacramento Kings 114-101
Nikola Mirotic comes off the bench to score a game-high 26 points as the Pelicans defeat the Kings, 114-101.
The Pelicans continue to fight through adversity and continue their 10 game win streak as they defeat the Sacramento Kings on March 7, 2018.
Kosta Koufos looks like he has a free layup but Anthony Davis comes over from the weak side to swat Koufos' layup off the backboard.
Nikola Mirotic lit up in the fourth quarter and completed the game shooting 10-12 (83.3%) and 4-6 (66.7%) from the three to lead the way to a Pelicans victory. He spoke with Fox Sports Jen Hale after his performance.
Nikola Mirotic heats up in the second half and puts together a 26 and 10 double-double to lead the way to a Pelicans win
Anthony Davis records 5 blocks against the Sacramento Kings
Nikola Mirotic drives in strong and finishes the bucket for the and-1.
Anthony Davis has a monster block for his sixth block of the night and finishes with an alley-oop for the cherry on top
Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis convert on offense and defense to lead the way for the Pelicans in the first half
Emeka Okafor rises up and finishes the strong bucket
E'Twaun Moore starts it off early for the Pelicans, hitting a corner three early in the first.