The Kings failed to leverage their home court, falling to 3-2 at home and 6-5 overall, losing 106-100 to New Orleans (6-5).
Sacramento entered the fourth quarter trailing by seven points and cut the Pelicans lead to 100-97 with 1:09 to go on a DeMarcus Cousins old-fashioned 3-point play. But that was as close as the Kings would get.
The Pelicans outscored the Kings 6-to-3 the rest of the way with former King Tyreke Evans scoring 4 points in New Orleans’ final run of the night to seal the victory.
Sacramento led at the half at 54-45 but was outscored 31-15 by New Orleans in the third quarter, when the Kings committed five turnovers and allowed the Pelicans to shoot 54.5 percent from the floor and 50 percent from downtown. This was a period the Kings would like to never repeat.
Sacramento was led by Cousins’ 24 points while Gay and Thompson contributed 15 points apiece. Darren Collison added 13 and Omri Casspi scored 13 points coming off the bench.
New Orleans was led by Davis’ 28 points while Ryan Anderson scored 22 and Evans took his old team to task, scoring 18 points to go along with 5 assists.
Local product Anderson became the leading bench scorer in New Orleans history in the process of the victory.
Anthony Davis scored 28 points and secured 9 rebounds.
The Kings were outscored 31-15 in the third quarter as a nine-point halftime lead turned into a seven point deficit heading to the final quarter.
For Sacramento: – F Rudy Gay (right Achilles tendinitis) probable and PF Jason Thompson (left quadriceps tendinitis) probable both started and played.
For New Orleans: – F Alexis Aijinca (lower back pain) was questionable yet started and C Omer Asik (lower back pain) did not play.
The Kings wrap up a three-game home stand hosting Chicago on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. PST.