Instant Replay: Late first-half burst propels Kings past Pelicans

Instant Replay: Late first-half burst propels Kings past Pelicans


SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings survived drama, a low blow and a charging New Orleans Pelicans team Sunday night at Golden 1 Center. It wasn’t pretty, but the Kings improved to 4-2 on the homestand and have now won three straight after taking down New Orleans by a final of 105-99.

DeMarcus Cousins drew his 17th technical foul of the season on an inadvertent shot to the face of Donatas Motiejunas in the first quarter. He headed to the locker room to clear his thoughts and came back out to put up big numbers for Sacramento. The three-time All-Star finished the night with 28 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in the win.

Darren Collison continued his hot play, scoring 20 points on 7-for-16 shooting. He also chipped in eight assists and four rebounds. With Ty Lawson unavailable, Collison logged 40 minutes for the second straight game for Dave Joerger.

Ben McLemore called for the ball coming out of the intermission and hit back-to-back 3-balls to start the half. The red hot shooting McLemore knocked down 3-for-5 from deep to finish the night with 11 points and two steals.

Matt Barnes provided a spark off the bench, scoring 12 points and grabbing five rebounds. Arron Afflalo went for 10 points and Anthony Tolliver added nine points and six rebounds.

Anthony Davis went off for 21 points in the first half, but the Kings made adjustments. The star big still managed to post 32 points and 10 rebounds, but Sacramento made him work for his buckets.

Jrue Holiday went at Collison, his former teammate at UCLA. The veteran point guard stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and five steals.

Dante Cunningham added 14 points and six rebounds, while Solomon Hill dropped in 3-for-4 from deep on his way to nine points.

Rookie Buddy Hield hit the showers early after drawing a Flagrant 2 for grabbing Cousins in the privates during the second quarter.


Cousins overcame the early technical foul call to have a huge night. The Kings’ superstar big needed a quick trip to the locker room to take a breath, but he returned to the court and played out of his mind in a huge win for Sacramento.


Sacramento didn’t make things easy on themselves down the stretch with turnovers and an eight second call. But in the end, Cousins hit his free throws and led the Kings to the much needed victory.


Ty Lawson missed his second straight game with a strained left adductor muscle. Garrett Temple is out until after the All-Star break with a torn left hamstring. Omri Casspi missed his 15th straight contest with a right plantaris tendon strain. Rudy Gay is out for the season with a torn left Achilles.


The Kings hit the road for a back-to-back set against the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors on Tuesday and Wednesday. Following the matchup with the Warriors, the Kings are off for a week for All-Star festivities in New Orleans.

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.