Instant Analysis: Cousins goes off in return, Kings blow huge lead to Pelicans
Cousins crushes Kings
SACRAMENTO -- DeMarcus Cousins’ homecoming game went exactly as planned for the three-time All-Star. In his first appearance in Sacramento wearing a visiting uniform, the Pelicans center went off for huge numbers and his team came away with the 114-106 victory.
Sacramento moved the ball well early, building an 18-point lead in the first half. But the Pelicans tightened their defense and the Kings stopped passing the ball. Seven players scored in double-figures for Sac and another three scored six points or more, but it wasn’t enough.
In the end, Cousins was too much to handle as the Kings fell to 1-4 on the season.
Cousins put on a show, dropping a game-high 41 points to go with 23 rebounds and six assists. Sacramento fans watched the big fella put up numbers like this on a nightly basis for over six seasons.
Sacramento led by as many as 18 in the first half and took a 70-56 advantage into the intermission. The ball movement stopped in the third quarter and the Pelicans took advantage, outscoring the Kings 32-17 in the period to take an 88-87 lead into the final frame. The home team kept it close throughout the fourth, but they couldn’t find a way to finish it late.
For the second straight game, the Kings injury report is clean outside of the long-term rehab of rookie Harry Giles.
The Kings return to their home floor to face the Washington Wizards for a Sunday matinee before heading back out on the road for three straight.