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Pelicans Beat Kings, Evans Shines In Return To Sacramento

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Tyreke Evans played many great games during his four-year stint with the Sacramento Kings. Monday night, he played another great game in Sacramento, but in another uniform. The New Orleans Pelicans forward/guard came off the bench to lead his team to a 113-110 victory.

Evans finished with a game-high 25 points and season-high 12 assists. He also chipped in on the defensive end with 6 defensive rebounds and 3 steals.

“I know they have no shot blockers, so I was attacking every chance I got,” said Evans. “I’m quick enough to take it to the basket. That’s what I do best. I wanted to be aggressive.”

Eric Gordon added 17 points in only 21 minutes for the Pelicans, but gave New Orleans fans a scare when he fell hard to the court in the third quarter. He left the floor with trainers and didn’t return. Given Gordon’s injury history, one can understand the fans concern. However, Eric suffered a mild hip contusion, and shouldn’t miss any time.

Anthony Davis, in his third game back since returning from a broken hand, finished with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Speaking of double-doubles, Jrue Holiday helped the Pelicans go into a holiday on a high note, scoring 17 and dishing out 10 assists.

Sacramento cut it to as close as 1 early in the 4th quarter, but the Pelicans took over down the stretch, winning the final frame 36-23.

“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,” explained coach Monty Williams.

The Pelicans (11-14) stayed in Sacramento Monday night, and will practice today before flying back to New Orleans and taking the day off for Christmas. They return to the hardwood this Friday when they host the Denver Nuggets (14-13). Tip-off is set for 7:00.

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