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SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings return to Sleep Train Arena Wednesday after picking up a win in Los Angeles on Tuesday night against the Lakers. They draw the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that has struggled all season long with consistency, much like the Kings.
Despite the team’s disappointing season, veteran point guard Darren Collison continues to bring a consistent effort every night. The 28-year-old out of UCLA dropped in 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lead the Kings past the Lakers and snap the team’s five-game losing streak.
The last time these two teams met DeMarcus Cousins put up 40 points and 16 rebounds, but it was fellow All-Star Anthony Davis that came away with the win.
Davis dropped in 31 points in 10 rebounds, but he also had plenty of help. Norris Cole scored 23 points, Jrue Holiday chipped in 20 points and 10 assists and Sacramento native Ryan Anderson added 19 off the bench. The Kings will need a solid effort all around if they hope to avoid getting swept by the Pelicans.
Kings by 4
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 26-40, first place in Pacific
Pelicans: 24-42, last place in Southwest
Kings: PG Rajon Rondo (Right 1st MTP Joint Sprain; "Turf Toe”, Right Thumb Sprain & Right Shoulder Contusion) is out, C Willie Cauley-Stein (illness) is questionable, G Marco Belinelli (sore right ankle) is out, SG Ben McLemore (right ring finger) is out.
Pelicans: PG Norris Cole (back) questionable, G Tyreke Evans (knee) out, G Eric Gordon (finger) out, C Alexis Ajinca (sternum) out, F Quincy Pondexter (knee) out, G Bryce Dejean-Jones (wrist) out.
The Pelicans lead the season series 3-0 and are looking for a sweep. New Orleans holds a slight 40-37 lead in the all-time series between these two clubs.
“It’s frustrating. We’re trying to figure it out, still trying to figure it out. One thing is good is the locker room is still good .We believe in one another and keep that support. [We’ll] try to finish the season out strong and keep that support.” -DeMarcus Cousins following the Kings win over the Lakers