Tyreke Evans stars in return to Sacramento
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
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
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
Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans.
Jrue Holiday had 17 points and 10 assists, and Eric Gordon also had
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
The Pelicans’ leading scorer missed 3 of 9 shots and had eight
NOTES: 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.