New Orleans Pelicans Grades: Pelicans Finish Flat in Loss to Kings
The New Orleans Pelicans played well for one half of play, yet finished flat in a road loss to the Sacramento Kings Monday Night.
The New Orleans Pelicans looked really good against the Sacramento Kings….
For one solid half.
After only having six turnovers in the first half, the Pelicans took the second half to double that number. New Orlean turned the ball over 12 times in the second half alone. New Orleans could not stop the Kings from winning their third straight game, behind star player DeMarcus Cousins.
However, Anthony Davis did not back down from Cousins at all. Davis finished the first half with 21 points and four rebounds, as the Pelicans went into halftime with a 56-53 lead.
The game’s momentum took a turn, after Buddy Hield was called for a grade two flagrant foul. He would be ejected from the game. This was after hitting Cousins “Where the Sun does not Shine”, while fighting over a screen.
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After Hield was thrown out of the game, the Kings went on a 14-6 run, to move them into striking distance at halftime.
In the second half, the dominance of Anthony Davis continued. However, the turnovers from New Orleans became the deciding factor in the game.
The Kings started the second half by making three straight three-pointers, giving them the lead. They did not look back afterwards.
Although Davis finished the game with an astonishing 32 points and 10 rebounds, the Pelicans had too many turnovers in the second half in order to win.
The team just had too many blunders in the second half. Not a lot of NBA teams will win a game, with more than half of their turnovers coming in the latter half.
The Pelicans were able to beat the Kings in some important categories that kept things close, such as having 14 points off turnovers to the Kings’ zero.
Still, it would not be enough for the win tonight.
The New Orleans Pelicans will look to get back on track in the second game of a road back-to-back. They will travel to Phoenix tomorrow to face the Suns. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. CST.
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