The Sacramento Kings have struggled in any game this season in which they lacked one of their big three. Isaiah Thomas was once again out of action as he recovers from a bruised quad. And yet the Sacramento Kings put together a promising win over the New Orleans Pelicans, winning 102-97.
DeMarcus Cousins feasted on the Pelicans front line, finishing with 35 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Cousins has had good games against New Orleans this season, but in this game Cousins seemed to be absolutely everywhere.
Ray McCallum has fared well as he's been thrust into the starting role, but has had an expected amount of growing pains. But against New Orleans McCallum found a groove. McCallum finished with 22 points and 10 assists, both are career highs. He played solid defense throughout the game, and registered just one turnover in 44 minutes of action. It's difficult to say how high McCallum's ceiling is, but at worst he's proven himself capable as a very solid back-up guard. I really like what he's showing out on the floor.
The Pelicans were led by Anthony Davis, who finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and four assists.
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