Tyreke Evans scored 25 points, collected six rebounds, and dropped 12 dimes to lead the Pelicans past the Kings in Sacramento. Evans was one of five Pelicans to score in double digits, forming a balanced scoring attack that shot 49.4% from the field.
Turnovers hurt both teams. The Kings mishandled the ball 22 times while the Pelicans had 16 turnovers.
Superior ball movement gave the Pelicans an edge. New Orleans had 28 assists to Sacramento’s 15. The ability to get the ball into the right hands made the difference for the Pelicans.
Pelicans top performers: Tyreke Evans (see above). Anthony Davis netted 21 points along with 11 rebounds. Jrue Holiday scored 17 points and dropped 10 dimes. Eric Gordon scored 17 points before leaving the game due to injury. Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and three steals.
Sacramento top performers: DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points and grabbed 14 boards. Isaiah Thomas netted 21 points with five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Marcus Thornton scored 19 points along with five rebounds. Rudy Gay finished with 11 points, five rebounds, and two steals.
Next game: The Pelicans play the Nuggets on Friday at 8 pm ET. The Kings play the Heat on Friday at 10 pm ET.