Sacramento Kings

Kings rally late to pull off comeback victory over Pelicans at home


One of the surprise packets of the NBA season did it again on Sunday as the Sacramento Kings rallied to stun the New Orleans Pelicans 122-117.

Anthony Davis was quiet in the early going of the game, but that didn't stop the Pelicans from jumping out to a big lead.

After the opening term the Pelicans held an 11-point advantage which barely moved over the next two quarters.

Entering the final 12 minutes of play, the Kings found themselves down 10 with their home crowd growing restless.

Then the momentum began to shift courtesy of De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and big man Willie Cauley-Stein.

The speedy backcourt duo began running the Pelicans off their feet and continually pressed the pace as Cauley-Stein dominated the interior.

One of the leagues best fourth quarters teams, the Kings proved just how dangerous they can be by reeling off a 36-21 point final term and run over the top of their Western Conference opponent.

Cauley-Stein ended the contest with a career-high 17 rebounds and added 22 points, while Hield led all scorers with 28. That make it seven straight games with 20 or more points for Hield.

Leading the fourth quarter charge was Fox who ended with 19 points and 11 assists as the Kings pulled off the stunning rally.

For the Pelicans it was the usual suspects who shone bright in Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday.

The duo have proved to be a more than formidable partnership and combined for 53 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists.

But they just weren't able to keep up with the Kings down the stretch. The loss pushes the Pelicans record to 15-19 on the season.

Not expected to push for a playoff berth, the Kings extended their 2018/19 record to 18-15 and jump into seventh spot in the Western Conference.

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