What the New Orleans Pelicans had to say about 113-100 win over the Kings (12/24/13)

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams

“We went into halftime tied and the end of the third quarter tied up so the last quarter before we go home I just told the guys that this is just about us getting stops and our defense had to prevail in the fourth quarter and I thought it did. We got into foul trouble but our guys continued to scrap. There are a few guys that got rebounds when we needed it. Tyreke (Evans) off of the free throw one time. A.D. (Anthony Davis) got a couple of them. We got contributions from a number of guys off the bench.Tyreke had 25 (points)-12 (rebounds)-6 (rebounds) coming back here; that’s tough. Lexi (Ajinca) was pretty good in the second half. B. Rob (Brian Roberts) was good on both ends, his defense, timely shots and pick-and-roll. When Eric (Gordon) goes down like that on his backside we need guys to step up and that’s what we got.”

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis

“We know we went off on the road trip. Before this game our whole emphasis was defense. Tied, going into the fourth so that’s a good position to be in on the road. We just thought if we didn’t do it before do it now, that was playing defense. We got locked in defensively, made them take tough shots, no three’s, contested two’s and that’s what we did.”

Going into the game

“We just wanted to get a win. We didn’t want to go back home 0-5 so we just tried to get a win. There were a lot of tough games before but we had to focus on this one.”

On Tyreke Evans

“He played well. He’s excited. I asked him before if he’s going for 50. He said I don’t care about that I just want to win. All he cared about was winning. They kept giving him open lanes which I don’t know how they played with him all year, I mean years before but he’s a good player. He really showed up tonight.”

Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans

“Attack the basket, what I do best. I just wanted to go out there and play hard. We had a long road trip. I wanted to be aggressive and be able to take the win.”

Added incentive to play in Sacramento

“Definitely, it was fun coming out here and playing against my former teammates. We were talking on the court half the time but… I definitely had a good time coming back.”