Wednesday, July 30, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Kings win as Gay leads the way

By
From page B1 | January 22, 2014 |

DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Stiemsma

Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins pulls down an offensive rebound in front of New Orleans center Greg Stiemsma (34) on Tuesday as the visiting Kings beat the Pelicans, 114-97. AP photo

NEW ORLEANS — Rudy Gay went from ejection to redemption in just a couple of days.

One game after a miserable showing in Oklahoma City, Gay tied a career high with 41 points and the Sacramento Kings cruised to a 114-97 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.

“Honestly, I didn’t even know how much I scored,” Gay said. “It was more about getting the win.”

In a loss two nights earlier to the Thunder, Gay scored only six points before being sent off the court with two technical fouls in the fourth quarter. But Gay hit 16-of-25 shots in the Big Easy, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, to match a point total he last put up on Dec. 13, 2009, in Miami.

It was going so well for Gay that he casually walked the ball up the court with an eye on the clock late in the third quarter, and then drilled a pull-up jumper from 27 feet.

“He put on a show (Tuesday), coming off a game in Oklahoma City where he didn’t play very well and got thrown out,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “He wanted to bounce back and show everybody what he is capable of.”

DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Kings, who have won five of eight. Isaiah Thomas added 20 points and 11 assists.

“When in doubt, go to Rudy and you’ll get an assist,” Thomas said. “He really carried us (Tuesday).”

Tyreke Evans scored 17 for New Orleans, which trimmed a 23-point deficit to six shortly before halftime, only to fall behind by 23 again in the third quarter and remain behind by double digits the rest of the way.

Anthony Davis scored 16 points and blocked four shots, and New Orleans rookie center Jeff Withey had a career-high 14 points, but that was not nearly enough to prevent the Pelicans from losing for the ninth time in 10 games. The latest loss came one night after the Pelicans snapped an eight-game skid in Memphis.

“We just didn’t have a lot of juice collectively from our starters (Tuesday) and certainly didn’t play with any kind of intensity that was comparable to what we did (Monday),” said Pelicans coach Monty Williams. “That is just part of being a pro and understanding that when you have an emotional win like we did last night, there’s a quick turnaround.”

Quincy Acy grabbed 10 rebounds for the Kings, who outrebounded New Orleans, 46-35.

The Kings were the sharper team from the outset, shooting 70 percent (14-of-20) in the first period, during which they scored 38 points and built an 18-point lead.

“Obviously I could point to a few things, but that would be emotional and I don’t want to do that,” Williams said. “There’s some things I’ve discussed with our team that they need to be better at, and they understand. … We’re not the type of team that can just put our jersey on and step onto the floor. We’ve got to go out and play with a high level of energy.”

New Orleans had 10 players in uniform, out of 15 on the roster. Ryan Anderson (herniated disk), Jrue Holiday (stress fracture, right shin) and Jason Smith (right knee) were injured. Reserve shooting guard Anthony Morrow was sick and newly acquired guard Tyshawn Taylor was not with the team.

All 10 active players had checked in before the first quarter ended, in part because four players — Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Greg Stiemsma and Alexis Ajinca — each had two fouls in the period.

The Kings’ lead grew to 23 on Gay’s 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, and it might have been worse if not for Withey’s 12 points in the period.

New Orleans enjoyed momentum for only the last half of the second period, scoring on 10 of its last 11 possessions. Withey’s dunk sparked a 12-3 spurt, capped by Roberts’ fast-break layup.

Next came an 11-2 run during which Evans scored eight, trimming Sacramento’s lead to six before Derrick Williams’ free throws gave the Kings a 64-56 halftime lead.

The Pelicans’ second-quarter surge put them in striking distance of a memorable comeback, but Sacramento opened the third with a 17-4 run. The surge began with two baskets by Cousins and included two 3s by Gay, the second making it 83-60.

“When we play that type of basketball, we’re a tough team to beat,” Cousins said. “We’ve got a long way to go to grow as a team, but we’re definitely on the right path.”

Notes: The Kings conclude a six-game road trip Wednesday night at Houston. They are 2-3 on the trip so far. … Four players in Tuesday’s game spent at least one season of college under current Kentucky coach John Calipari: Cousins, Davis, Evans and Darius Miller. All are former Kentucky players except Evans, who played at Memphis, Calipari’s previous stop.

Comments

comments

The Associated Press

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Family enterprise builds a home for music

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Bob Dunning: Poll dancing, direct from Las Vegas

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

     
    Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Mosquito districts sprays tonight

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Davis native named a Schweitzer Fellow

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Biggest book sale to date opens Friday at Davis library

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Share your love of nature with young wetlands visitors

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Tasting event benefits Yolo Land Trust

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

     
    Movies in the Park return this fall

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Tee off for Davis’ continued prosperity

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

     
    Center for Families hosts Summer Carnival

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Vintage car show planned this fall

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Kiwanis golf tournament supports local agencies

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Drop off school supplies at Edward Jones offices

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Wine-tastings will benefit YCCC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    DHS Class of ’94 set 20th reunion

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Tips, techniques will give you a green thumb

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Grief support focuses on journaling

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    How the Bockler wasp got its name

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Yolo County CASA seeks volunteer child advocates

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    UC Davis alumnus hopes to bring amateur radio to Nepal

    By Rachel Uda | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Recycle old paint cans for free

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Forum

    Not sure which direction to go

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    Gravel mining affects us all

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Violence as entertainment

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Shocked at vampires story

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Paul Krugman: Corporate artful dodgers

    By Paul Krugman | From Page: A6

    Nicholas Kristof: The world’s coolest places

    By Nicholas Kristof | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Sports

    Fiona Buck pushes the limits in para-athletics

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    A’s rally to win

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Morse homers but Giants lose 6th straight

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Nightmare on Ballpark Drive for River Cats

    By Will Bellamy | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Schaub settles in as Raiders starting QB

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    UCD professor Andy Jones named Davis’ new poet laureate

    By Rachel Uda | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Molten art on display at Davis Arts Center

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Brady earns top honors at State Fair

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Smither releases new CD Saturday at The Palms

    By Kate Laddish | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    RootStock kicks off ‘Día de Albariño’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Folk musicians will jam in the Arboretum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    YoloArts to host a state of change exhibit

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Calvin D. Rourke

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6