Kings rally in 4th quarter to beat Pelicans 122-117
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 24, 2018 10:02 AM
New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle (30) looks for an opening in between Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) and Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein had 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, Buddy Hield scored 28 points and the Sacramento Kings overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the reeling New Orleans Pelicans 122-117 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Bogdan Bogdanovic added 24 points, De'Aaron Fox had 19 points and 11 assists, and Iman Shumpert scored 10 points.
Anthony Davis had 26 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans. Jrue Holiday added 27 points, six assists and seven rebounds. New Orleans has lost four straight and 12-of-17.
Down 105-94 with 7.5 minutes left, the Kings scored 14 consecutive points as part of a 19-5 run to take control. Hield fueled the comeback with a pair of three's and a fast-break layup, and Fox made a free throw to put the Kings up 113-110 with 2:03 left.
Sacramento pushed its lead to 121-114 before Davis made a triple. After Fox made 1-of-2 free throws, Julius Randle scored and appeared to get fouled but the play was overturned on replay.
The Pelicans, who scored a franchise-record 149 points against the Kings when the teams met in the second game of the season in October, got off to another fast start. New Orleans led 32-13 in the first quarter, then withstood a surge by Sacramento in the second to go up 69-58 at halftime.
Pelicans: New Orleans scored 66 points in the paint. ... Davis had eight points in the first quarter, going 6-for-6 on free throws. ... Nikola Mirotic missed his fifth consecutive game because of a sore right ankle.
Kings: Marvin Bagley (bruised left knee) sat out his fifth straight. The Kings made five triples in the fourth quarter
Pelicans: At Dallas on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Kings: At Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).