Pelicans Snap Losing Skid, Bury Kings
Friday night at the Smoothie King Center, the New Orleans Pelicans finally earned something they've been desperately needing for the last week, a much needed win.
The Pelicans snapped their four game skid by burying the Sacramento Kings 102-88.
Tyreke Evans (pictured) led New Orleans with 25 points and 10 assists, while Anthony Davis added 24 points, 9 boards, 6 blocks, 2 assists and a steal.
With Sacramento focused on Davis early, Evans took advantage of a cheating Kings defense by shooting well from the outside.
"I told (Evans), `If they keep going under the (pick and roll screen), shoot the ball," Davis explained. "He made them pay."
New Orleans playoff hopes are fading, but with 10 games left, the Pelicans are 3 games back of the Oklahoma City Thunder for 8th place in the Western Conference. With postseason dreams still alive, Davis continues to battle through a shoulder injury, playing a game-high 41 minutes Friday.
"I'm not going to lie, it hurts, but I'm gonna play through it," Davis told Fox Sports reporter Jen Hale after the win. "I'll get treatment and try and get this shoulder back right."
Next up for the Pelicans, a home matinee on Sunday at 3:00 versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.