The Sacramento Kings lost to the New Orleans Hornets 110-95. Anthony Davis had a big game as he scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Greivis Vasquez distributed the ball almost with ease on his way to 13 assists, and added 12 points. Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon scored 17 points, Roger Mason Jr. added 13 points off the bench and was 3-4 from beyond the three point arc.
The Sacramento Kings simply couldn’t sustain any sort of momentum on the offensive end of the floor. John Salmons made things interesting to watch in the final minutes of the third quarter hitting five three pointers; he was 6-7 for the game from beyond the three point line, all coming in the second half.
Salmons’ 18 point effort was wasted however, as the Kings played poorly in the final minutes as they seemed to almost forget how to pass the ball.
Sacramento clearly looked tired and after being short handed for their last game, they went again without two regular rotation players.
However, Coach Keith Smart’s approach this evening seemed to be very flawed as he has almost seemed to forget that Aaron Brooks and Travis Outlaw have played valuable minutes this year.
With the team dealing with adjusting to its recent acquisitions, Smart chose not to play any of new players before the final two minutes when the game was well out of reach. Patrick Patterson was the only player to see minutes.
With the rest of the team tired from their first lose on this road trip in Atlanta, Smart chose to play his starters extended minutes, rather than exploring his options with any of his new players or looking to Brooks or Outlaw for any sort of relief on the scoring end.
DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, and Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points in the losing effort. Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton added 12 points Evans had a 4-16 shoting night and made two three pointers for half of his points in the final minute, only once the game was well out of hand.