Tyreke Evans was spectacular in his first game in Sacramento as a visitor, leading the Pelicans to a 113-100 win over the Kings on Monday. Tyreke finished with 25 points on 7-14 shooting, 12 assists and 5 rebounds. Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon added 17 apiece.
DeMarcus Cousins finished 24 points on 7-14 shooting with 14 rebounds. He played less than 30 minutes due to foul trouble. Rudy Gay was totally horrible on both ends; he shot 2-12 and had six turnovers. The Kings had an unacceptable 22 turnovers in all, and shot just 42 percent from the floor. Marcus Thornton had another big scoring night with 19 on 5-12 shooting, but his defense was as gross as it had been in Orlando Saturday. The Pelicans broke the game open in the fourth as Thornton and Jimmer Fredette were in the backcourt together; Tyreke went on a mini-tear to give New Orleans a cushion Sacramento couldn't deflate once the starters came back in. The starters scored one basket in the final five minutes by the way, and it was a meaningless three as by Isaiah Thomas as the clock ticked away.
The Kings next play on Friday against the Heat at home. (Gulp.) They will apparently have at least two practices in the interim, doubling the number of sessions the newest Kings have had.