Zion Williamson had 31 points and six rebounds, Steven Adams made a pair of clutch free tosses with 17.9 seconds remaining, and the New Orleans Pelicans conquered a 43- point efficiency by Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox and beat the Kings 128-123 Sunday night.

Brandon Ingram scored 22 points, Eric Bledsoe included 21 and Adams had 12 points and 15 rebounds to assist the Pelicans end a five-game losing streak.

” We were just making respectable plays, requiring them into shots that we desired them to take,” Adams said. “Fox played actually well. We had an issue with him, but other than that, we were just being incredibly aggressive.”


Fox, who was restricted to 14 points in a 38- point loss to the Clippers two nights previously, had a career-high point total and 13 assists for the Kings, who have lost 8 of 10.

New Orleans led by 19 points in the first half before the Kings made a late run. Marvin Bagley made a 3-pointer and Fox followed with a one-handed dunk that cut the deficit to 116-115

Adams and Williamson made two totally free tosses apiece for the Pelicans and Bledsoe scored in the paint to make it 122-115

After the Kings scored on back-to-back journeys down the court, Adams made 2 more totally free throws and JJ Reddick added a set, assisting the Pelicans hang on.

Williamson fell one point shy of his season-high for scoring. The Pelicans’ big male made 13 of 15 attempts and spent much of the fourth quarter on the bench in foul difficulty.

” He finds his way to the rim regardless of the defense and he’s an excellent finisher,” New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy said. “He probably needs to shoot two times as numerous free tosses as he does. He’s not even getting calls and he’s efficient.”

Bagley finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. Richaun Holmes had 16 points and seven rebounds.

” I was very happy to see us get our battle back this evening. That’s how we were playing previously in the year and we were winning games,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “They made plays down the stretch and we missed out on some opportunities down the stretch.”

Fox became the first gamer in the Kings’ Sacramento age to have 40 or more points and 10- plus helps in one video game. Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald was the last player in franchise history to accomplish that accomplishment, doing it in 1973 when the group played in Kansas City and Omaha.

” There’s more, offensively and defensively, that I have the ability to do,” Fox stated. “We lost on a profession high (for me) so it does not actually matter.”


The Kings issues on defense continue. Over the last 3 video games they enabled the Trail Blazers to match a franchise record for 3-pointers, then let the Clippers and Pelicans set season-highs for scoring. Sacramento has actually quit 122 points or more in eight successive games.


Pelicans: New Orleans was hit with a hold-up of game call coming out of halftime. … JJ Redick made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first quarter. … Ingram decreased hard while safeguarding right before halftime. Ingram stayed on his back for a couple of moments, and then got to his feet went to the locker space. He returned for the second half. … Lonzo Ball (knee) remained a 3rd consecutive video game.

Kings: Sacramento had as numerous helps (10) as it did rebounds in the very first half. … The Kings closed the third quarter on an 18 -4 run. … Pal Hield has made a minimum of one 3-pointer in 80 successive games, the longest active streak in the NBA.


Pelicans: Head to Utah for back-to-back video games against the Jazz on Tuesday and Thursday.

Kings: Check Out the Clippers on Wednesday. Los Angeles gave Sacramento its most uneven loss of the season, 138-100, on Jan. 15.


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