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New Orleans at Sacramento

Pelicans 113, Kings 97

CBSSports.com wire reports

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Just because the Sacramento Kings were familiar with Tyreke Evans didn't mean they could stop him.

The former NBA Rookie of the Year made a memorable return to Sacramento, scoring a season-high 25 points and adding 12 assists to help the New Orleans Pelicans snap a four-game losing streak with a 113-97 win over the Kings on Monday night.

''I know they have no shot blockers, so I was attacking every chance I got,'' said Evans, who made 7 of 14 shots and hit 11 of 12 free throws after coming off the bench. ''I'm quick enough to take it to the basket. That's what I do best. I wanted to be aggressive.''

Known for his slashing style of play and his uncanny ability to get to the rim in four seasons with the Kings, Evans stayed true to his game, bypassing perimeter shots in favor of going to the hoop. He also added six rebounds and three steals.

''He got wherever he wanted to go. Nobody could keep in front of him and that's how he gets to the rim,'' Kings coach Michael Malone said. ''If our guys didn't think he would try to come into this arena and get off, then I question their IQ. He played here and he's going to come here and try to show everybody what we're missing. And he did.''

Evans averaged 17.5 points in his four seasons with the Kings. He joined the Pelicans in the offseason as part of a three-team trade and subsequently signed a four-year, $44 million contract.

The Pelicans pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Kings 36-23 to salvage their only victory on a five-game road trip. Evans was a major factor in the second half, scoring 13 points.

''I just told the guys that this is just about us getting stops and our defense had to prevail in the fourth quarter and I thought it did,'' New Orleans coach Monty Williams said.

DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who committed 22 turnovers in losing for the sixth time in eight games. Isaiah Thomas had 21 points and Marcus Thornton had 19. Rudy Gay made 2-of -12 shots and scored 11 points.

''First of all, we didn't get stops,'' Kings guard Isaiah Thomas said. ''Secondly, we didn't dial in on that end of the floor and he made every play. He scored, he passed, and he did what he wanted.''

Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday had 17 points and 10 assists, and Eric Gordon also had 17 points.

Ryan Anderson, who grew up in the Sacramento region, had a difficult evening trying to contain Cousins at the defensive end. Anderson went to the bench with five fouls at the 8:17 mark in the fourth quarter.

The Pelicans' leading scorer missed 3 of 9 shots and had eight points.


Shaquille O'Neal sat courtside next to Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive and Hall of Fame player Chris Mullin, who works in an advisory role with the team and frequently attends home games. O'Neal is one of Sacramento's minority owners.. Pelicans starting center Jason Smith missed his second consecutive game with a bruised bone in his right knee. Smith, who is on the inactive list, had started the team's first 24 games.. Cousins had it going early for the Kings, getting 12 points and seven rebounds in the first quarter.. Alexis Ajinca played 13 minute and fouled out in the fourth quarter.

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New Orleans (12-14) «28242536113
Sacramento (8-19)27252523100
NO:T. Evans 25 Pts
NO:A. Davis 11 Reb
NO:T. Evans 12 Ast
SAC:D. Cousins 24 Pts
SAC:D. Cousins 14 Reb
SAC:I. Thomas 5 Ast
Players of the Game
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Tyreke Evans

DeMarcus Cousins

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A. Davis, PF436-159-10111321
J. Holiday, PG347-130-0510217
R. Anderson, PF273-90-06058
A. Aminu, SF266-80-181113
E. Gordon, SG216-133-420117
T. Evans, PG367-1411-12612225
B. Roberts, PG213-60-01316
A. Ajinca, C143-40-04166
A. Morrow, SG60-10-01010
D. Miller, SF60-00-01020
L. Amundson, PF50-00-00020
J. Smith, PFDid Not Play
G. Stiemsma, CDid Not Play
A. Rivers, SGDid Not Play
J. Withey, CDid Not Play
Totals 41-8323-27452826113
R. Gay, SF392-127-852111
I. Thomas, PG358-152-355321
D. Cousins, C307-1510-17141524
J. Thompson, PF270-40-23210
B. McLemore, SG231-20-02043
M. Thornton, SG305-137-751419
D. Williams, PF242-33-32117
J. Fredette, PG134-60-02209
Q. Acy, SF132-32-23026
A. Gray, C60-10-02110
T. Outlaw, SFDid Not Play
C. Landry, PFDid Not Play
H. Ndiaye, CDid Not Play
R. McCallum, PGDid Not Play
Totals 31-7431-42431522100
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Cle 92
NY 103 Final
Orl 98
Mil 110 Final
Char 111
Atl 119 Final
Miami 121
Ind 103 Final
Brook 86
Dal 111 Final
Hou 104
Utah 94 Final
Mem 104
Tor 99 Final
SA 112
GS 89 Final
Den 81
LAL 90 Final
Pho 117