Pelicans end West Coast road trip with blowout loss to Kings

Pelicans end West Coast road trip with blowout loss to Kings
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings were tied at halftime of Monday’s game before the Beam Team blinded the visitors in the third quarter.

After halftime, the Kings shifted into a zone defense, an adjustment that flummoxed the Pelicans. Sacramento outscored New Orleans 38-20 in the third, all the separation it needed to send New Orleans to another road loss.

The Pelicans fell to the Kings 123-108 at Golden 1 Center.

The fading Pelicans have lost 17 of their past 22 games, a slide that has caused them to drop into a four-way tie in the West for ninth place. The Pelicans are one of four teams with a 31-34 record along with the Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers.

The first quarter of Monday’s game gave no indication that the Pelicans were headed for another disappointing outing. They drilled five 3-pointers in the opening frame.

At halftime, Trey Murphy had converted 3 of 5 3-pointers, while Herb Jones went 2 of 2 on long balls. New Orleans committed nine turnovers in the first two quarters, but it made enough shots to keep the game knotted at 59 against Sacramento, which has been the NBA’s best offensive team this season.

The Kings did not have star guard De’Aaron Fox, their leading scorer. Fox was sidelined with left hamstring soreness. Fox also did not play on Feb. 5, when the Pelicans blasted the Kings at Smoothie King Center. The way the second half played out Monday ensured the games between the two sides at Golden 1 Center played out much differently.

With 4:35 remaining in the third, Brandon Ingram tried a cross-court pass that the Kings picked off. Kings wing Kevin Huerter responded with a transition dunk. Pelicans coach Willie Green called a timeout, but that did not staunch the bleeding.

At the end of the quarter, Kings backup big man Trey Lyles hit a floater, despite getting fouled by Ingram. His and-one gave the Kings an 18-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

Huerter led the way for Sacramento with 25 points. He sunk 6 of 10 3s. Huerter was one of seven Kings players in double figures.

Ingram scored 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Jonas Valanciunas, who returned to the lineup after missing the two previous games with a left calf bruise, chipped in 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting in his return.

New Orleans next plays Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks in what is the start of a four-game home stand.

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