December 8, 2017, 11:03 pm
The young Kings closed out a 116-109 overtime victory over the Pelicans in a very unpolished manner. But, besides the final 20 seconds or so, Sacramento looked like a team poised for a successful season — not a team on a path to win less than 30 games.
Buddy Hield connected on a three-pointer as the fourth quarter winded down and tied the game at 102. After the Kings stopped the Pelicans, Zach Randolph missed a forced opportunity to win the game in regulation, but Sacramento showed up in overtime.
The defense forced the Pelicans into some tough shots and the Kings offense exploded for 14 points in the extra five minutes of time.
Randolph, who finished the game with 35 points and 13 boards, started off OT with back-to-back 3-pointers, including a circus shot from the corner with the shot clock winding down. Randolph took over in multiple quarters of the game en route to his highest point total since Dec. 4 of 2012 when he posted 38 points against the Suns.
In overtime, Frank Mason used his speed to blow past the Pelicans and seal the deal for Sacramento in New Orleans.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle for both teams as they each totaled the same amount of turnovers (10). The Pelicans out-shot the Kings in the first half (NO 50 percent, SAC 47 percent) and went to the line 10 times and made nine, while the Kings shot just two free throws and missed both.
The Kings held a six-point lead on the Pelicans in the second, but they ended the quarter on a bit of a downward spiral as they were outscored 22-10. The Pelicans led 53-47 at the half.
- The Kings, facing two of the most dominating rebounders in the game in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, out-rebounded the Pelican 46 to 35.
- Hield, who dropped 18 points on the night, scored 10 of those in the fourth quarter to help the Kings erase a double-digit deficit.
- Led by Hield and Mason (13 points) Sacramento’s bench outscored the Pelicans’ 53 to 16.
- The Kings went 5-of-13 on 3-pointers in the first half and made 8-of-17 in the second half and OT.
- Cousins, who’s averaged just under 40 points in his two games (prior to tonight) against his former team, dropped 38 on Sacramento. He also had eight turnovers for New Orleans, however.
- The Kings had 12 steals on the night which tied for their second-highest total of the season.