Last night’s matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings would mark the first time that DeMarcus Cousins would play in the Golden 1 Center in a different jersey. Since Cousins’ trade to the Pelicans, these two teams have met up once in New Orleans as the Pelicans defeated the Kings, 117 to 89. They hoped to do the same as they visited California without Anthony Davis.
The Kings would go on a huge run in the opening quarter as they shot sixty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Pelicans to just forty-four percent. Willie Cauley-Stein ended up scoring eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Justin Jackson would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he puts up seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc. Zach Randolph would be collect five points, six rebounds, and two assists while hitting a three-pointer in the process.
On the other end of the court, former Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson came off of the bench to heat up for eleven points which hitting a three-pointer in the process. DeMarcus Cousins would be held to eight points in the ten minutes that he played but did manage to grab four rebounds while dishing off two assists. Cheick Diallo was limited to four points off the bench but grabbed three rebounds as the Kings end the first quarter with a 40 to 27 advantage.
The second quarter would be held closely as the Kings shot forty-two percent from the field while the New Orleans team shot forty-six percent. Former Washington Wizards’ guard Garrett Temple came off of the bench to put ten points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc. George Hill would contribute with six points while Randolph was held to four points. Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench to record four points, two rebounds, and two assists as Vince Carter was held to just a three-pointer.
As for the Louisana team, Cousins heated up for twelve points which would include two three-pointers. He also pulled down five rebounds and gave out three assists while E’Twaun Moore ended up scoring nine points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field, hitting a three-pointer in the process. Dante Cunningham was held to just one three-pointer as he managed to grab three rebounds but it was still the Sacramento Kings who were ahead at halftime, 70 to 56.
The visiting team would respond in the third quarter with a huge 32 to 17 run as they ended up shooting sixty-two percent from the field while the Kings were held to just thirty-two percent. Jrue Holiday would heat up for eleven points while shooting a high eighty percent from the field. He collected six of those points from beyond the arc as Cousins shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. DeMarcus Cousins ended up with seven points to along with the six defensive rebounds that he collected. Nelson would continue to contribute with five points which included one three-pointer.
On the other end of the floor, Buddy Hield would score five points and grab two defensive rebounds while hitting a three-pointer in the process. De’Aaron Fox came off of the Kings’ bench to drop five points, as well but would earn three of them from beyond the arc. Kosta Koufos would play three minutes off of the bench as he chalked up three points along with two defensive rebounds. Hill was held scoreless in the but did get his hands on two defensive rebounds but it was the Pelicans who gained the lead, 88-87, at the end of the third.
The New Orleans Pelicans would close things out in the last period as they shot forty-one percent from the field, limiting the Sacramento Kings to thirty-seven percent. Cousins continued to impress as he chalks up fourteen more points on sixty percent shooting from the field. He would connect for a three-pointer in the process of collecting three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds. Moore would help out as he drills a three-pointer, along with the two defensive rebounds that he pulled down.
Cauley-Stein, on the other end, was limited to only four points but did shoot sixty-seven percent from the field. Fox played the entire quarter, only to be held to four points, as well. He did manage to pull down two defensive rebounds while Skal Labissiere came off the bench to score four points. Koufos recorded three points along with two defensive rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans escape with a 114 to 106 victory over the Sacramento Kings. DeMarcus Cousins finished the game with forty-one points, twenty-three rebounds, and six assists. De’Aaron Fox ended up finishing with fourteen points, two rebounds, and five assists.