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Kings vs. Pelicans final score: Rudy Gay scores lots of points, Sacramento wins 114-97

Rudy Gay!

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

The Aykis16 era got off to a beautiful start as the Kings beat the Pelicans 114-97 on Tuesday in New Orleans. Rudy Gay scored 41 points on 25 shots! Don't act like you're not impressed. He also had eight rebounds and five assists. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 18 points (6-10), 11 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals. He also reportedly tattooed #NBABallot on a stray dog. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and 11 assists. Tyreke Evans had 17 points on 6-15 shooting for the Pelicans. Jeff Withey played four times as many minutes as Ben McLemore, so ... that's not great. But hey! Big win!

The Kings finish this road trip in Houston on Wednesday. Sacramento is 2-3 on the trip. The Kings are 6-12 on the road overall. The Kings are 1-0 since the Curse of Ziller was lifted on Monday.