SACRAMENTO -- DeMarcus Cousins’ second consecutive triple-double was squandered by the Kings in a 101-95 loss to the Pelicans on Friday at Sleep Train Arena.
Sacramento showed great fight before dropping its fourth consecutive game with the loss to New Orleans. Cousins led Sacramento with the third triple-double of his career going for 24 points, 20 rebounds and 13 assists.
The effort represented a new career-high in assists and the All-Star center also added four blocks on the night.
Former King Tyreke Evans wreaked havoc on his former squad with 19 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Sacramento once again failed to defend the 3-point line as Quincy Pondexter made a career high six 3-pointers while shooting 6-for-9 from downtown for a total of 18 points. Overall, New Orleans had 14 3-pointers in the win.
Eric Gordon contributed 21 points while Anthony Davis added a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds to balance out the Pelicans' attack.
Omri Casspi (17), Ben McLemore (17), Ray McCallum (14) and Derrick Williams (10) rounded out the double-digit scoring for Sacramento.
The Pelicans started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to extend its lead to 81-71 after clinging to a precarious 74-71 lead after three quarters.
Sacramento trailed the Pelicans 71-53 with 6:23 remaining in the third, but came roaring back with a 16-0 run to cut the deficit to 71-69 with 1:27 remaining in the stanza. Ray McCallum had seven points in the barrage.
Sacramento was without Rudy Gay, who sustained a concussion in Monday’s loss to the Grizzlies and the Kings are now 2-6 without him.
New Orleans (41-34) has now won four straight games and after Friday’s win, is a half game behind Oklahoma City for the coveted eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
The Kings (26-49) fall to 16-22 at home and are now 8-15 under George Karl.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Tyreke Evans near triple-double led the Pels to victory while DeMarcus Cousins was once again huge with his second consecutive triple-double.
TURNING POINT: New Orleans closed out the game after the Kings cut the deficit to 91-89 at the 4:14 mark of the fourth quarter. However, the Pelicans outscored Sacramento 10-6 the rest of the way to seal the deal.
Kings -- F Rudy Gay (concussion), G Darren Collison (core muscle injury) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) were out.
Pelicans -- G Jrue Holiday (lower right leg stress reaction) was out.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Kings host the Jazz on Sunday in game two of a three-game homestand.