Cousins carries Kings in New Orleans

By From page B8 | April 01, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 14 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game skid with a 102-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

Ray McCallum, starting because of Isaiah Thomas’ right thigh injury, added 22 points. Rudy Gay also scored 22, including a momentum-swinging 3-pointer after the Pelicans had pulled to within a point in the fourth quarter.

Reggie Evans grabbed 12 rebounds before his ejection for an elbow to Anthony Davis’ face on a collision that occurred as Evans went up for a close-range shot.

Davis, returning from left ankle injury that forced him to miss a start on Saturday, had 22 points. Anthony Morrow scored 23 points and former King Tyreke Evans had 15 for the Pelicans, who have dropped two straight on the heels of their season-high, five-game winning streak.

Sacramento used a 14-6 third-quarter run to lead by as many as 12 points.

The surge started with Cousins saving the ball along the baseline and slinging a pass to McCallum, who in turn found Ben McLemore sneaking in behind the defense for an alley-oop dunk. There were two more dunks during the spurt, one by Cousins right after Alexis Ajinca had missed a tomahawk jam attempt on the other end.

McLemore, who had 14 points, ended the spurt with a breakaway dunk set up by Travis Outlaw’s steal from Darius Miller.

Notes: Sacramento had 15 offensive rebounds and finished with a 22-4 advantage in second-chance points. … The game marked the fourth meeting between Pelicans coach Monty Williams and his former assistant, Kings first-year coach Mike Malone. Sacramento won three of those games. … Jared Cunningham played 4:17 in his first game since being signed by Sacramento. He had two points and a rebound.

The Associated Press

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