SACRAMENTO -- Tuesday night’s in over the Los Angeles Lakers seems like a distant memory. After looking like a team ready to finish the season strong one night, the Kings came back the next night and got throttled on their home floor.
The New Orleans Pelicans showed no mercy, hammering the Kings by a final of 123-108 in front of their home crowd.
Sacramento’s own Ryan Anderson put on a show, hitting 8-for-11 from the field in the first half on his way to 21 points before the break. The Kings slowed him down in the second half, but the damage was already done. Anderson finished the night with 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field and 5-for-6 from long range.
The Kings struggled to contain All-Star big man Anthony Davis as well. The Pelicans leading scorer finished the night with 27 points and 14 rebounds in the rout.
Welcome to the Big Easy, Tim Frazier. The point guard signed a 10-day contract with New Orleans earlier in the day and made a great first impression. The 25-year-old lit the Kings up for 14 points and nine assists in 26 minutes of play.
Jrue Holiday added 17 points and four assists and Tony Douglas chipped in 11 on 3-of-4 shooting from downtown.
There is no quit in Darren Collison. Starting for the injured Rajon Rondo, Collison attacked the rim on his way to 23 points and four assists for Sacramento.
DeMarcus Cousins continued his assault on the Pelicans this season, dropping in 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. But it wasn’t nearly enough as the Kings dropped to just 14-20 on their home floor.
James Anderson had his best offensive game of the season, scoring 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Omri Casspi added 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.
Anderson loves playing at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento native absolutely torched the Kings in the second quarter, scoring 21 of his 29 points in a wild second second-quarter outburst.
After an entertaining first quarter, the Pelicans busted out in the second and ran the Kings off the floor before they could get to the break. It’s hard to win when you get outscored 41-20 in a quarter and give up 74 at the half.
Both Rajon Rondo (shoulder, thumb, toe) and Marco Belinelli (sore ankle) showed up late on the injury report and missed the game. Ben McLemore missed his fifth-straight game with a non-displaced fracture of the right ring finger tip.
The Kings leave Sacramento on Thursday to travel to Detroit where they start a four-game eastern swing beginning with the Pistons on Friday.