Instant Replay: Cousins' 28 leads Kings past Pelicans, Davis

Instant Replay: Cousins' 28 leads Kings past Pelicans, Davis


SACRAMENTO -- With most eyes focused on Election Night 2016, the Sacramento Kings moved within one game of .500 on the season with a 102-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night.

DeMarcus Cousins went toe-to-toe with fellow Kentucky alum Anthony Davis and came out victorious. The Kings’ star big man hit from inside and out on his way to 28 points in 11-for-20 shooting, four rebounds and four assists as the Kings moved to 4-5 on the season.

Cousins and veteran Rudy Gay continue to pace the Kings' offense. Despite struggling with a rib cartilage strain, Gay put up solid numbers for the second straight contest. The veteran wing scored 21 points, handed out six assists and grabbed six rebounds.

Sacramento has been waiting for the return of Darren Collison from suspension. The 29-year-old point guard made his season debut with the second unit and made an immediate impact. Collison finished the night with a modest nine points, but he dished out four assists, picked up two steals and got his teammates involved on the offensive end.

Arron Afflalo added 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting. Willie Cauley-Stein looked energized on his way to nine points and three rebounds and Kosta Koufos chipped in six points and seven rebounds starting alongside Cousins.  

Davis played well for New Orleans, but like the previous seven games, it wasn’t enough. The three-time All-Star finished the night with 34 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals for the now 0-8 Pelicans.

E’Twaun Moore shook off a big toe injury early in the game to put in 13 points and four assists. He attacked the middle of the Kings defense and came away with plenty of easy baskets.

Rookie Buddy Hield scored 14 points off coach Alvin Gentry’s bench, but needed 16 shots to get there.

The two teams headed to the half with the Kings leading 51-48.  When they returned to the floor following the intermission, the officials admitting to an error in the final minute when Cousins was fouled, but not given a pair of free throws. The Pelicans last second basket was removed from the score, Cousins was put at the line with 18.9 seconds remaining where he hit both freebies, giving the Kings a 53-46 lead. New Orleans couldn’t get a basket and the half ended. And then the third quarter started up.

Davis was the high-scorer for the game, but Collison’s return to action and his seven points off the bench in the third quarter proved to be a huge lift for the Kings.

The Pelicans made a late run, cutting the Kings’ lead to just five with under a minute to play. With 45.2 seconds remaining, Afflalo buried a corner 3-ball and was fouled, ending New Orleans’ chances of a comeback.

Anthony Tolliver listed as probable coming into the night and was in uniform for Sacramento, but he did not make an appearance.

The Kings host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night at the Golden 1 Center before hopping a plane for Portland where they will play the Blazers Friday evening on the second night of a back-to-back.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.