Postgame recap: Kings 114, Pelicans 103

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

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Kings (16-34), Pelicans (27-23)

In its first two games without DeMarcus Cousins, third quarters have proven disastrous for New Orleans, but problems opening second halves have been a season-long theme. Hosting Sacramento on Tuesday, the Pelicans quickly surrendered a slim halftime advantage, watching the Kings go on a 20-8 run to lead by double digits. Sacramento carried that momentum into the final period, besting New Orleans for a second time in the Smoothie King Center this season.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Sacramento center Kosta Koufos dropped in a layup with about 2:45 remaining, giving the Kings a double-digit lead at 109-99. Sacramento was up 90-85 through three periods, then kept New Orleans at arm's length for much of the final dozen minutes.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Ian Clark played one of his best games of the season, putting together an extremely efficient offensive night while scoring 20 points. Clark finished 9/10 from the field in his 29 minutes of action. It was Clark’s season high, topping a 19-point, five-trey performance he had at Miami last month. The reserve guard also grabbed six rebounds on a night when the Pelicans needed all the help they could get on the backboards.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“We’re going to miss DeMarcus’ rebounding, (but) it’s not one guy who’s going to make that up. It’s got to be a team thing. This guy’s got to get two extra, this guy’s got to get three. That’s the way we’re going to make it up. We’re not going to put it on one guy’s shoulders.” – Alvin Gentry on how New Orleans can try to resolve its problem Tuesday of getting outrebounded

“Any time you lose a piece like DeMarcus, there is going to be residue from it. Some kind of way we’ve got to get over that. It may take a few games to do, but we definitely have to get over that and move on. We’re in a position right now where we’re giving back a lot of things that we’ve accomplished in the last two or three weeks.” – Gentry on the Pelicans needing to refocus without Cousins

“We’re not playing defense. We’ve got to figure it out soon… we’ve got to come out with more defensive energy at the start of the third quarter.” – Anthony Davis on New Orleans problems stopping opponents lately and its sluggish third periods

BY THE NUMBERS

26-0: Sacramento advantage in second-chance points, a rarely-seen domination in the NBA in that category. The Kings grabbed 14 offensive rebounds; the Pelicans had two.

49-36: Overall Kings rebounding advantage. Koufos totaled a career-best 17 rebounds.

38.9: New Orleans shooting percentage in the second half, the second straight game the Pelicans have had a rough latter 24 minutes offensively.

Anthony Davis scores 23 vs Kings

Anthony Davis put up 23 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocks, 5 assists, and 1 steal vs the Sacramento Kings.

Game 50: Pelicans vs Kings 1/30/18

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Anthony Davis scores 23 vs Kings

Anthony Davis put up 23 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocks, 5 assists, and 1 steal vs the Sacramento Kings.
Jan 31, 2018  |  01:47

Ian Clark season-high 20 points vs Kings

Ian Clark scored a season-high 20 points vs the Kings, going 9-10 from the field. He added 6 rebounds and an assist.
Jan 31, 2018  |  01:38

Jrue Holiday puts up 21 points vs Kings

Jrue Holiday put up 21 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, and a block vs the Sacramento Kings.
Jan 31, 2018  |  01:57

GAME RECAP: Kings 114, Pelicans 103

Anthony Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans but they fall short against the Kings
Jan 30, 2018  |  01:24

Pelicans vs Kings Postgame: Alvin Gentry 01-30-18

Head Coach Alvin Gentry speaks with the media after the Pelicans 114-103 loss to the Sacramento Kings at the Smoothie King Center on January 30, 2018.
Jan 30, 2018  |  07:18

Ian Clark notches his season high

Ian Clark drives to the bucket for his 20th point of the night and his season high
Jan 30, 2018  |  00:11

Ian Clark keeping the game close from 3

Jameer Nelson with the great vision to Ian Clark for 3 of his 18 points
Jan 30, 2018  |  00:17

Jrue making it look easy with the crossover

Jrue Holiday carves his way to the basket for a well earned bucket off the crossover
Jan 30, 2018  |  00:21

AD with 2 quick 3's and a block

Anthony Davis started the 3rd quarter off right with a couple of triples and a dominant block
Jan 30, 2018  |  00:27

Jameer catches fire off the bench

Jameer Nelson came into the game and quickly made his presence felt
Jan 30, 2018  |  00:26

Holiday with the drive and finish

Jrue Holiday finds a crease and finishes in the paint
Jan 30, 2018  |  00:12

Davis blocks, Cunningham finishes

Anthony Davis gets it done on the defensive side with a block as Dante Cunningham runs the court for the score
Jan 30, 2018  |  00:15

E'Twaun to Jrue for 2

E'Twaun Moore finds Jrue cutting to the basket.
Jan 30, 2018  |  00:14

AD steal leads to Rondo fast break

Anthony Davis get his hands on the balls then finds Rajon Rondo for the fast break bucket.
Jan 30, 2018  |  00:12

Pelicans Practice: Ian Clark 01-30-18

Guard Ian Clark talks about how the team is adjusting to the loss of DeMarcus Cousins and what they need to do to beat the Sacramento Kings at the Smoothie King Center on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Jan 30, 2018  |  03:58

Pelicans Practice: E'Twaun Moore 01-30-18

Guard E'Twaun Moore talks about how the team is adjusting to the loss of DeMarcus Cousins and what they need to do to beat the Sacramento Kings at the Smoothie King Center on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Jan 30, 2018  |  01:47