Instant Analysis: Z-Bo, Kings pull off OT shocker; beat Pelicans
Kings come out on top
Party time in the Big Easy. The Sacramento Kings hit Bourbon Street looking for a win and it took extra time to get there. Despite a big night from former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins, it was veteran Zach Randolph and a band of youngsters that came away with the 116-109 victory in overtime.
With the win, Sacramento improved to 4-11 on the road and 8-17 overall on the season. They are competing well with playoff caliber teams. Against the Pelicans, they found a way to grind out a hard fought win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
This is now officially the Zach Randolph category. Z-Bo kept the Kings in the game all night long. He hit the Pelicans from inside and then outside, finishing with 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting, including five big makes from long range. He’s keeping the Kings offense going through the rough patches and his 13 rebounds were huge for Sacramento.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Buddy Buckets showed the Pelicans what they gave away. The second-year shooting guard shook off a tough start to finish the night with 18 points on 4-of-5 shooting from long range. His 3-pointer in the last minute tied the game and sent it to overtime.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
DeMarcus Cousins loves playing against his former team. The All-Star big went off for 38 points on 14-for-29 shooting. He added 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals for New Orleans, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
New Orleans pushed their lead to double-figures more than once in the second half, but Sacramento kept pace. Hield’s 3-ball with 36.3 remaining silenced the crowd and sent the game to overtime.
TURNING POINT II
Randolph put on a show in overtime, but it was Frank Mason III that took the Pelicans off the dribble to give the Kings a seven point lead inside of a minute to play in the extra frame. A big shot in a big moment for the smallest guy on the floor.
Willie Cauley-Stein missed his second game of the season due to a lower back strain. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab. Justin Jackson, Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere are on assignment with the Reno Bighorns of the G-League.
The Kings return home to Sacramento following the game in New Orleans where they’ll face the Toronto Raptors for an early matinee game on Sunday. The Phoenix Suns roll through Sacramento on Tuesday before the Kings head back out on the road for a four game trip beginning Thursday in Minnesota.